Angiomas, also referred to as cherry angiomas or red moles, are common skin growths that can develop on most areas of the body, but they most often appear on the torso, arms, legs, and shoulders. Angiomas are often bright red, circular or oval in shape, and small. The collection of small blood vessels inside an angioma is what gives it its red appearance.
The exact cause of these growths is not known, but they do tend to appear later in life, usually in people aged 30 and older. In addition to age, there may be a genetic factor that makes certain people more likely to get them. They have also been linked to pregnancy, certain medical conditions, exposure to chemicals, and climate.
Unless they bleed or cause pain, angiomas rarely require treatment. Some may wish to have them removed for cosmetic reason, however. There are a number of ways to remove angiomas and our skilled dermatologist, Dr. Michael J. Messina, will be happy to work with you to determine which treatment works best for you. Please contact Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists today at 760-773-6616 to schedule your consultation for angioma removal in Palm Desert, California.