The Dermatologists at Westwood Dermatology treat Angioma in Los Angeles, CA
Westwood Dermatology treats, examines, and removes cherry angiomas — which are benign skin growths composed of blood vessels. An angioma is a common-place skin condition that affects many individuals. Westwood Dermatology specializes in helping people regain their confidence by removing these unsightly cosmetic blemishes from the surface of the skin.
What is Angioma?
An angioma typically takes the appearance of a bright, cherry-red color, but they can also appear as purple or black areas on the skin. When they are small you may not notice them, but they can also grow in clusters, increasing over time. A skin biopsy will be used to determine if the spot is non-cancerous, which is generally the case.
Angiomas are formed by cells surrounding blood vessels, and include the following types:
- Cherry Angiomas: Cherry angiomas — also referred to as senile angioma or Campbell De Morgan spots — they look like red clusters of dots. These may appear anywhere on the skin, and the spots increase with age.
- Spider Angioma: Spider angiomas commonly occur during pregnancy due to increased estrogen, and are often a sign of liver problems. These angiomas are characterized by a red coloration in the veins that point away from a central red area.
- Venous Lake: Venous lake occurs on the lip and is completely harmless, but it is also the most unsightly for individuals because of the location.
In order to treat angiomas Westwood Dermatology utilizes a couple of different treatment methods. Cryotherapy, and Laser Treatments are utilized to removed angiomas. If the angioma bleeds often or you notice discolored benign growths, this could be a sign of a more serious issue that would need to be seen by your doctor. Following a skin biopsy of your angiomas our dermatologists can give you a medical diagnosis regarding treatment options.
Cryotherapy, also known as cryosurgery, involves freezing off the angioma. Local anesthetic is applied to the red coloration, and excision is used after the area is frozen. This method is best suited for visible angiomas that are smaller than a quarter of an inch in diameter. It is the least invasive form of treatment for angiomas.
Board-certified medical dermatologist Dr. Daniel Taheri uses laser treatments to remove cherry angiomas. If the angioma bleeds often laser treatment will cauterize the area so it ceases bleeding. While this treatment will remove all of the affected area, the discoloration may return with time.
Getting Treated at LA Laser Center
At Westwood Dermatology and Skin Cancer we want to help you by treating, examining and removing your cherry angioma.
Contact Us today to schedule a consultation at any one of our 23 locations and learn the best way to treat your angioma.