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Cherry Angiomas

Cherry angiomas are common benign skin growths characterized by small, red to purple growths on the skin's surface. While they are generally harmless and painless, cherry angiomas can be a cosmetic concern for some individuals.

Symptoms of Cherry Angiomas

Cherry angiomas are typically small, round, and dome-shaped skin growths that can vary in size, from a pinpoint to a quarter of an inch in diameter. These growths are often bright red or purple and are easily visible on the skin's surface. They usually develop on the trunk, arms, legs, and shoulders. While cherry angiomas are mostly asymptomatic, they may bleed if injured, which can be concerning for some individuals.

Causes of Cherry Angiomas

The exact cause of cherry angiomas is not fully understood. They are believed to result from an overgrowth of blood vessels in the skin. Genetic factors may play a role, as these growths often run in families. Furthermore, the development of cherry angiomas may be influenced by factors such as age, exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and hormonal changes.

Risk Factors for Cherry Angiomas

Several factors may increase the likelihood of developing cherry angiomas:

These skin growths tend to become more prevalent as people age, with a higher likelihood in adults over 30 years old.

Cherry angiomas often run in families, suggesting that genetic factors may influence their occurrence.

Prolonged exposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds could be a risk factor for cherry angiomas.

Some individuals may develop cherry angiomas during pregnancy due to hormonal changes.

Treatment for Cherry Angiomas

Cherry angiomas do not typically require treatment unless they cause discomfort or bleeding, or if patients want them removed for cosmetic reasons. Several treatment options are available to remove cherry angiomas, including cryotherapy (freezing), laser therapy with the Excel® V+, or shave excision. These methods are generally quick and have minimal downtime.


Cherry angiomas are benign and not considered dangerous. However, they can be cosmetically bothersome, and if they bleed or change in appearance, it is advisable to see a vascular specialist.

Because we are not sure of their exact cause, there is no known way to prevent cherry angiomas. Limiting UV exposure and practicing sun safety can potentially reduce the risk of developing additional angiomas.

While cherry angiomas can reappear in the same area after removal, this occurrence is relatively rare. If they do reappear, further removal treatments may be considered.

Concerned About Cherry Angiomas?

If you are concerned about cherry angiomas or are considering their removal, we recommend scheduling a consultation at Premier Vein & Vascular. We can provide a comprehensive assessment of your condition and discuss suitable treatment options if needed. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step toward addressing your concerns.

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