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Angioma on the skin. Red moles on the body. Many birthmarks.

What is a hemangioma?

A hemangioma is a benign (or non-cancerous growth) made up of overgrown capillaries. Babies can be born with hemangiomas that generally resolve as they grow. There are now many oral, topical, and laser treatments that can be used to treat infantile hemangiomas. Dr. Mara Haseltine has treated infantile hemangiomas for over a decade. Pure Dermatology will offer the most up-to-date and safest treatment options for your infant. 

What is a cherry angioma? What are the red dots on my skin?

A cherry angioma is a mole-like skin growth made up of small blood vessels. It is the most common type of angioma. Cherry angiomas are usually found on the trunk and limbs and less frequently on the face and scalp. These are most common in people over the age of 30 and are harmless. Occasionally, a cherry angioma can bleed if irritated.

Can cherry hemangiomas be treated?

Yes.  A board-certified dermatologist or dermatology-trained nurse practitioner can easily treat cherry hemangiomas. Bleeding hemangiomas can be removed with ease by a shave removal.  Cherry angiomas can be treated with the Excel V laser and electrocauterization. These treatments are quick, effective, and cause minimal scarring. We take comfort seriously at Pure Dermatology so numbing medication or other distraction measures are used if necessary for treatment of hemangiomas.

A large, bleeding, or irritated lesion can be safely anesthetized and removed with a shave removal. This is often covered by insurance, but the cost depends on your insurance and whether you have a deductible.

This laser can target the enlarged blood vessels in a hemangioma and safely remove the hemangioma. There can be some crusting or darkening of the hemangioma for up to 5-7 days afterwards. Most patients need 1-2 treatments and cost depends on the number of lesions and complexity of the hemangioma but can range from $150 to $550.


Excel V also treats the following skin concerns:

  • Rosacea
  • Diffuse redness (red face)
  • Bruising seen after fillers, surgery, or injury
  • Scars
  • Poikiloderma (sun damage)
  • Blue veins under or around eyes
  • Broken blood vessels (Telangiectasias)
  • Acne
  • Acne scarring
  • Large pores
  • Melasma (in specific cases)
  • Pigmented brown lesions or brown spots
  • Folliculitis or hair bumps
  • Laser hair removal in dark skin types 
  • Spider veins
  • Stretch marks (early red color)
  • Leg Veins

A hemangioma can be anesthetized with topical or injectable anesthesia and gently removed with a hyfrecator. This is an instrument that applies a tiny amount of electricity in a very precise manner to heat the hemangioma causing a small, crusted area for several days. After healing, there will be a pink spot that will eventually return to normal skin color with good skincare and sun protection. Treatment cost depends on the number of lesions and area treated but ranges from $50 to $550.

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