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Cherry Angioma Removal - Causes, Treatment & Recovery


As the population ages, there is an inherent rise in the prevalence of medical issues related to angiomas.

An angioma is a non-cancerous growth arising from blood or lymphatic vessels. It can occur in various parts of the body and is often characterised by abnormal clusters of blood vessels that appear on the skin. Among the different types of angiomas, cherry angiomas are the most common and distinct due to their small, round and cherry-like appearance on the skin's surface.

Even though cherry angiomas are a common concern, very little is known about this skin condition. That's why we have prepared this guide to give you an in-depth understanding of cherry angioma causes, treatments and recovery procedures to help you achieve a healthy, angioma-free skin!

Let's begin! 

What are Cherry Angiomas?

Cherry angiomas are small red or purple growths that tend to appear on the skin's surface. They often look like tiny, raised bumps that vary in size from a small dot to around a quarter of an inch in diameter. Typically, they are round, however, in some cases, they may be in an oval shape.

Most commonly they are found on the torso, arms, chest, abdomen, legs and occasionally on the face. Often, cherry angiomas are painless and do not require medical attention unless they cause discomfort, irritation, or bleeding. They can also be removed if they are a cosmetic concern. 

How and Why Does Cherry Angioma Appear? 

As of now, the concrete causes of cherry angioma are still unknown. However, it is believed that this skin condition can be the result of various influencing factors, including:

Genetics: Evidence suggests that a genetic predisposition may make individuals susceptible to cherry angiomas. If someone in your family has these angiomas, you may have a higher chance of developing them as well.

Blood Vessel Abnormalities: Occasionally, abnormalities in a person's blood might contribute to the formation of these angiomas. Such abnormalities lead to the capillaries becoming enlarged and the formation of red or purple bumps on the skin's surface.

Hormonal Changes: Cherry angiomas are more likely to occur in women, especially during pregnancy, as a result of hormone fluctuations in the body. Hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone can potentially trigger the growth of these blood vessel clusters.

Sun Exposure: Prolonged or frequent exposure to the Sun's UV rays can damage the skin's blood vessels which is also known to increase the risk of cherry angiomas. This also explains why these growths appear on sun-exposed areas such as shoulders and arms. 

Spotting Early Signs & Symptoms

To identify the early signs and symptoms of cherry angioma, you have to first look for any small red or purple spots on your skin's surface. In the initial stages, these growths may start as tiny dots and gradually grow larger.

These growths are generally benign and painless and hence, do not cause any harm. However, they may bleed if scratched or rubbed too hard. If you notice sudden skin changes such as rapid growth, bleeding, irritation or a change in colour, it is recommended you consult a healthcare professional. 

Cherry Angioma Removal and Aftercare  

Several treatments are available for the removal of cherry angioma. However, among the many cherry angioma treatments, the 3 mentioned below are widely popular.

  • Cryotherapy: In this treatment, a doctor uses liquid nitrogen to freeze the growth. This causes the lesion to blister and eventually fall off within a time period as the skin heals.
  • Electrocautery: A doctor uses an electrical current to heat and burn off the lesion. Compared to other cherry angioma removal procedures, this method is quick and effective, leaving a small scab that heals over time.
  • Veinwave Removal: A doctor uses thermo-coagulation on the angioma to destroy the blood vessels. Among patients, this is the most preferred method of cherry angioma removal as it uses thermo-coagulation, a quick and simple technique.

Some after-care points are mentioned below:

  • Keep the treated area clean and dry. Avoid scrubbing or scratching the area post-cherry angioma removal.
  • Use an antibacterial ointment if recommended by your health expert to prevent infections.
  • Avoid sun exposure and physical activities post-removal procedure.

Lastly, watch out for any signs of infection, redness, swelling, pain or pus and if you notice any of these, address them promptly with your health expert. 

Choose Rippon Medical Services for Cherry Angioma Treatment 

Cherry angiomas, though benign, can be a concern for many individuals due to their appearance. Fortunately, several effective cherry angioma treatments are available at Rippon Medical Services.

As one of the leading minor surgery clinics in the UK, we stand out as your trusted partner in addressing cherry angioma causes and offering solutions. By choosing our services, you sign up for a seamless and personalised journey towards blemish-free, healthy skin.

What's more, along with angioma removal treatments, we also offer body and face skin treatments and wellness products to keep your immunity in check.

Explore our treatments or connect with our health experts today! 

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