What Are the Causes of Cherry Angiomas?

Hello..I am 20 years old and I have got a red mole on my face..I guess it is a cherry angioma..What are the causes of cherry angiomas and how to stop their development?

Doctor Answers 3

Red mole - see your dermatologist!

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Hi, sabsoob.  If you have a red spot or mole on your face, I would highly recommend that you get an evaluation by a board-certified dermatologist in order to confirm the diagnosis.  While the most common diagnosis would be an angioma, there is a possibility that your spot could be a type of nevus called a Spitz nevus, a normal mole that has been irritated, or even a skin cancer (such as an amelanotic melanoma).  If your spot is indeed confirmed to be a cherry angioma, laser treatments are the most effective way to treat these lesions.  PDL (pulsed-dye laser, or V-beam) and/or Nd:YAG lasers can be effective.  Some dermatologists will perform electrodessication as well.  Best of luck!

Atlanta Dermatologist

Red mole

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I would highly recommend that you see a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist for an evaluation prior to doing any treatment. 

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Treatment of cherry angiomas and moles on the face and body

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There is no known reason one develops cherry angiomas, but fortunately they are completely benign.  Most cherry angiomas look like tiny blood vessels underneath the skin.


I use the pulsed dye laser to treat the cherry angiomas on the face and body. 

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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