Cherry Angioma Removal

Cherry angiomas are small, benign skin growths characterised by their red appearance, typically necessitating removal only for aesthetic reasons or if they cause discomfort.

The removal of these angiomas has been modernised by laser technology, which offers a safe, quick, and effective method with minimal discomfort.

What is the Dual Yellow Laser?

The Dual Yellow Laser is a laser treatment that emits yellow light at specific wavelengths, making it effective for cherry angiomas. This laser targets the oxyhemoglobin in the blood vessels of the angioma without affecting the surrounding skin, resulting in reduced risk of scarring or pigmentation changes.

Indications for Cherry Angioma Removal

The removal of cherry angiomas is considered for various reasons, often related to aesthetics or discomfort. Here are the main reasons for choosing to remove these skin growths:

Cosmetic Concerns

Removal for cosmetic reasons if angiomas are located on visible areas or increasing in size and/or number.

Frequent Bleeding

Angiomas that bleed often due to friction or irritation from accessories or clothing.

Preventive Measures

In rare cases, removal and biopsy might be suggested to rule out other skin conditions if there’s uncertainty about the nature of the growth.

Areas Eligible for Cherry Angioma Removal

Cherry angiomas can be removed from nearly any area of the body where they appear. Here is a list of common areas eligible for cherry angioma removal:

Cherry Angioma Removal Procedure

The procedure for removing cherry angiomas with laser treatment is straightforward and typically completed in a few sessions. Here’s an overview of the steps involved:

Consultation and Assessment

During the consultation, the cherry angiomas are evaluated to confirm their benign nature. The expected outcomes and the number of sessions required are also discussed.

Preparation

The area around the cherry angioma is cleansed, and a topical anaesthetic may be applied to minimise discomfort during the treatment.

Laser Treatment

The Dual Yellow Laser, which emits a concentrated beam of yellow light, is used to coagulate the blood vessels within the angioma without damaging surrounding tissue. The procedure usually lasts only a few minutes per angioma.

Immediate Aftercare

After the treatment, the area might be soothed with a cooling gel or ice pack to reduce swelling and then covered with a protective dressing if necessary.

Observation

Patients are observed for a short period after treatment to ensure there are no immediate complications.

Benefits of Laser Treatment for Cherry Angioma Removal

Laser treatment provides several advantages for the removal of cherry angiomas and is often chosen for these reasons. Here are some of the key benefits:

  • Visible Results and Permanent Removal: Often, visible results are achieved after just one session, leading to permanent removal with a minimum risk of scarring (number of sessions may vary).
  • Minimal Downtime and Discomfort: The procedure involves minimal discomfort and downtime, allowing patients to resume their normal activities soon after treatment.

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Downtime Expectations for Cherry Angioma Removal

Some patients may anticipate mild, short-lived effects:

  • Redness, Sensitivity, and Mild Bruising: The treated area may display mild redness and swelling or feel sensitive for a short time, typically resolving within a few hours to a day. Mild bruising, if it occurs, should fade within a week.
  • Darkening and Crusting: The cherry angioma may darken or form a small crust shortly after treatment, which usually resolves within one to two weeks as the angioma flakes away.

Aftercare and Maintenance

Proper aftercare following the removal of cherry angiomas with laser treatment ensures optimal healing and minimises the risk of side effects. Here are the steps for aftercare and maintenance:

Sun Protection and Gentle Skin Care

Apply SPF 30 sunscreen, cover the area outdoors, use mild, fragrance-free products, and keep the skin moisturized.

Avoiding Heat Exposure

Stay away from direct heat sources such as saunas, hot tubs, and intense workouts that cause sweating, as they can irritate the treated skin.

Monitoring

Keep an eye on the treated area for any signs of infection or unusual changes.

Recommendations from the Doctor

Do discuss with the doctor your expectations for downtime to better plan your treatment. The treating doctor will recommend the appropriate treatment sessions to remove them. If you have unsightly skin growths like moles, skin tags, warts and milia, visit our page to learn more about Laser Removal of Skin Growths.

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    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Can cherry angiomas return after laser treatment?

    While laser treatment effectively removes existing cherry angiomas, it does not prevent new ones from forming. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as protecting skin from excessive sun exposure and managing stress, may help reduce their occurrence.

    How soon can I wear makeup after cherry angioma removal?

    Makeup can usually be applied 24 hours after the treatment, provided the skin surface is not broken or excessively irritated. Use gentle, non-comedogenic products and consult your doctor to determine the best time to start wearing makeup again.

    How long should I wait before exposing the treated area to the sun?

    Protect the treated area from sun exposure for at least 4-6 weeks post-treatment to prevent pigmentation changes. Always use a high-SPF sunscreen and seek shade when outdoors.

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