Cherry angioma is a type of benign tumor that appears on the surface of the skin. The condition appears as red clusters on different areas of the skin, most often on the stomach and can grow ¼ of an inch across an area or more. It is a cosmetic concern and will not detrimentally affect your health. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your skin, cherry angiomas can be removed.
Make an appointment with your doctor to confirm a diagnosis of cherry angioma. He’ll want to examine the skin blemishes to determine that cherry angioma is indeed the cause. You may need to undergo a skin biopsy to rule out any other conditions.
Receive a referral to a dermatologist. That doctor will discuss your treatment options. If the lesion is not very large, he will likely recommend either electrosurgery or laser therapy.
Undergo the recommended procedure to remove cherry angioma. During electrosurgery, you will be sedated while an electrically charged needle will be used to remove the affected area. Laser therapy uses a laser beam to remove the cherry angioma by concentrating the energy on the spot.
Consider other surgical procedures used to remove cherry angioma. Cryotherapy is also sometimes used to remove cherry angioma. This technique involves applying liquid nitrogen to the skin in order to get rid of the blemish.
Follow the doctor’s post-operative care instructions. You may need to use dressings and wear loose-fitting clothing during the healing process.