Cherry angiomas, or red spots, are common non-cancerous bumps that range in color from bright red to deep purple. Cherry angiomas are formed from the overgrowth of small veins into a cluster. Although their cause is unknown, these red spots are more likely on those 30 years and older. The broken blood vessels inside the spots give them the reddish appearance.
While cherry angiomas typically cause no adverse health risk, they are a common cosmetic concern and can be easily removed with the laser. These spots can be found anywhere on the body, although they usually occur on the chest and abdomen, and can range in size from very small to larger than a quarter.
How does the laser remove cherry angiomas?
Because cherry angiomas are merely vein clusters, our Nd:Yag laser is extremely effective in their treatment. The Yag delivers a precise amount of energy to the red spot causing the blood within the cherry angioma to coagulate. The cherry angioma is then broken down and absorbed by your body. Blood flow, that would normally inhabit the tiny vessels of the cherry angioma, is directed to vessels deeper in your skin.
What can I expect during a laser treatment?
As with all laser procedures, clients will don protective eyewear before the procedure begins. Using the Nd:YAG (1064-nm) GentleYag laser, our experienced registered nurse will target the red pigment in the cherry angioma. The laser will produce two simultaneous sensations: a "snapping rubber band" sensation and a "cool wet spray" sensation. No anesthesia or numbing is necessary. Ice is applied to the treatment area to decrease heat in the skin and to minimize swelling.
What is the recovery like after a treatment?
After treatment, the red spot will turn into a black spot. Over the course of 7-10 days, this spot will harden and fall off. Clients are instructed to use a broad spectrum sun block of 25 SPF or higher while the spot is healing.
How many treatments will I need?
Most of the time, only one treatment is necessary to remove cherry angiomas.
We offer free consultations to anyone interested in our services. During your consultation, you and your technician can discuss what you hope to accomplish and how our services can make you feel better and look great. A consultation is not always necessary, and many clients choose to just begin treatment. If getting to our office is a problem, we can schedule a phone consultation - although please keep in mind that it is often necessary to see the client in person.
*Option to Numb Prior to Treatment. For certain laser treatments, we offer the option to the numb the treatment area with Lidocaine 2.5% and Prilocaine 2.5% numbing cream. This enables us to treat sensitive areas of the body without any discomfort for our clients. Numbing for Wrinkle Reduction or Skin Tightening is done on-site after a microdermabrasion (visit our skin tightening/wrinkle reduction page for more information). Numbing for laser hair removal can be done on-site by one of our technicians or off-site by the client before their appointment. For more information about numbing prior to laser hair removal, visit our laser hair removal page.
Cancellation Policy: Your treatments are reserved especially for you. We value your business and ask that you respect our clinic's scheduling policies. Should you need to cancel or reschedule, please notify us at least 24 hours in advance. Any cancellations with less than a 24 hour notice are subject to a cancellation fee of $25. This includes free consultations. We recognize that the time of our clients and staff is valuable, and we have implemented this policy for this reason. When you book an appointment with us, you are agreeing to this policy. All services require credit card or gift certificate information to guarantee a reservation. You will not be billed unless you fail to provide sufficient notice of a cancellation. Alternately, clients may provide a $25 deposit in the form of cash, check, or credit card which will be applied to their visit or refunded to them at check-out.
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