Cherry Angiomas

Cherry angiomas are benign (harmless) proliferations of blood vessels that appear as cherry-red bumps, most commonly on the upper trunk. Occasionally, cherry angiomas can appear purplish or be confused for a mole. They are usually small in size, but vary from 0.5 to about 6 mm in size.   The number of cherry angiomas increase with age; many patients aged 30 or over have a few on their skin. Cherry angiomas frequently appear first on the trunk or the arms, but may arise anywhere on the body or face and scalp.  They rarely appear on the hands or feet.  These skin spots bleed when traumatized.   Sometimes a dermatologic evaluation is required to distinguish cherry angiomas from a mole or skin cancer. Cherry angiomas can be treated by hyfercation using radiofrequency energy, IPL, or pulsed dye laser treatment.  Large cherry angiomas are sometimes treated with shave removal in which the area is numbed prior to treatment.