The red moles are usually referred to as angiomas. As we age, more and more “age-related ailment” comes up. Also, after the thirtieth year of life, more moles can appear on the skin. Have you ever noticed a bright red spot on your skin, in addition to the brown moles? It is called angioma. There is an effective way to get rid of these red moles. Here is the explanation of dermatologists.
What are angiomas?
They look almost like bright red birthmarks, but they are actually growths of blood vessels. Nobody actually knows their real cause, but it appears to be genetic. Should any of your parents have some; there is a possibility that you will see them show up on your skin in years to come. In the real sense, the red spots aren’t dangerous and therefore there is no medical reason to have them removed. However, it is wise to have angiomas examined by a dermatologist, explains Mohs surgeon, Anthony Rossi: “We actually think of melanoma as a dark, black birthmark, but there are various types of skin cancers like angiomas or Merkel cell carcinomas that appear like little red spots”, Rossi says.
Dermatologists vs. Beauticians
Whether you are interested in removing the angioma or not, your dermatologist can check this spot and other spots on the body for signs of cancer. This is why it is very necessary to consult a dermatologist rather than a beautician, who isn’t medically trained, says dermatologist Ivy Lee. He noted that a beautician can only remove the spots, but can’t test for any malignancy.
Can I remove them myself?
Since you have confirmed that the angioma on your skin is harmless and not a cancer, it may be tempting to remove the red birthmark at home. It is a bad idea, because the DIY method can leave a scar. Angiomas are composed of blood vessels; sometimes a normal looking patch may not stop bleeding. Dr. Lee said “In some cases, people will have to go to the emergency department to stop the bleeding”. “That can be much more expensive than having it treated by a specialist.”
Treatment by a dermatologist
For small angiomas, a dermatologist can make use of a device known as hyfrecator. “It is actually a very fine-tipped needle and provides a little heat and electricity to seal the blood vessels”, explains Dr. Lee. An anesthetic cream will be applied to the skin first, but the treatment may still hurt a little afterwards.
For larger areas it is possible to apply a laser treatment that can be aimed at the specific blood vessels. “It looks pretty cool – you can see them getting dark and then they shrivel and shrink” says Dr. Rossi. This option is also less painful than the needle, says Dr. Lee. Every prick of the laser feels a bit like the sting of a rubber band. Laser treatments can be expensive, so you can also ask a dermatologist to scrape the angioma with a scalpel.
If at all that lasering and planning isn’t your favorite, consider freezing the spot through cryotherapy. Note that the equipment to freeze angiomas is less accurate. There is a possibility that it will leave a dark or light spot on the skin. Therefore, Dr. Lee only recommends it for patients with very fair skin, where the white spot is less noticeable. And don’t worry if these treatments don’t seem worth your while. “I want to reassure people that these red moles are benign and only if you open them should they be treated”, said Dr. Lee.