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Understanding Cherry Angiomas in New York, NY: Types, Causes, and Comprehensive Treatment Options by Dr. Gary Rothfeld

Types of Cherry Angiomas

Cherry angiomas, also known as Campbell de Morgan spots or senile angiomas, are benign growths that develop on the skin's surface. They vary in appearance and can be categorized into different types based on their characteristics:

Classic Cherry Angiomas: These are small, bright red to purple bumps that often resemble a cherry, hence their name. They are typically round or oval-shaped and may range in size from a pinpoint to a quarter of an inch in diameter.


Spider Angiomas: Spider angiomas, also known as spider nevi or nevus araneus, are a type of cherry angioma characterized by a central red spot with smaller blood vessels radiating outward like spider legs. They may appear raised and are commonly found on the face, neck, and upper torso.

Miliary Angiomas: Miliary angiomas are tiny red dots that resemble pinpoints on the skin. They can occur in clusters and are often seen in older individuals.


Large Cherry Angiomas: Some cherry angiomas can grow larger in size, ranging from a quarter of an inch to several centimeters in diameter. While less common, these larger lesions can still be effectively treated.

Causes of Cherry Angiomas


The exact cause of cherry angiomas is not fully understood, but several factors may contribute to their development:
Genetics: There may be a genetic predisposition to developing cherry angiomas, as they often run in families.

Age: Cherry angiomas are more common in middle-aged and older adults, with prevalence increasing with age.

Hormonal Changes: Fluctuations in hormones, such as during pregnancy or menopause, may influence the development of cherry angiomas.

Sun Exposure: Prolonged sun exposure over time may play a role in the formation of cherry angiomas, particularly in sun-exposed areas of the skin.

Comprehensive Treatment Options for Cherry Angiomas

Laser Therapy: Laser treatment is a highly effective method for removing cherry angiomas. It involves targeting the lesion with a specialized laser that delivers precise energy to coagulate the blood vessels feeding the angioma. This causes the lesion to shrink and eventually fade away, leaving minimal scarring.

Electrocautery: Electrocautery is another technique used to remove cherry angiomas. It involves using a small electrical current to heat and destroy the blood vessels within the lesion, leading to its removal. Electrocautery offers excellent control and is particularly useful for larger angiomas.

Cryotherapy: Cryotherapy utilizes freezing temperatures to remove cherry angiomas. Liquid nitrogen or a similar cryogen is applied to the lesion, causing it to freeze and subsequently slough off. Cryotherapy is effective for smaller angiomas and can be performed quickly in a clinical setting.

Topical Treatments: In some cases, topical treatments containing ingredients like retinoids or acids may be used to reduce the appearance of cherry angiomas, although they are typically less effective than procedural methods.


Surgical Excision: For larger or more prominent cherry angiomas, surgical excision may be recommended. This involves cutting out the lesion under local anesthesia and suturing the skin. While effective, surgical excision may result in a small scar.

Combination Approaches


In certain situations, a combination of treatments may be utilized to address cherry angiomas comprehensively. This could involve starting with laser therapy to target multiple lesions followed by electrocautery or cryotherapy for specific stubborn angiomas.

Benefits of Advanced Treatments


Precision: Advanced treatments like laser therapy and electrocautery offer precise targeting of cherry angiomas, minimizing damage to surrounding skin.


Minimal Downtime: Patients can typically resume their normal activities immediately after treatment, with minimal discomfort or downtime.

Cosmetic Enhancement: By effectively removing cherry angiomas, these treatments improve the skin's appearance, enhancing overall aesthetics and boosting confidence.


Consultation and Customized Treatment Plans

During your consultation with Dr. Gary Rothfeld at 629 Park Avenue, New York, NY, he will perform a thorough assessment of your skin, discuss your medical history and concerns, and recommend a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Whether you have classic cherry angiomas, spider angiomas, or other types, Dr. Rothfeld's expertise ensures optimal results and patient satisfaction.

Schedule Your Consultation Today
Take the first step towards clear, blemish-free skin by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Gary Rothfeld.

Contact us by phone or text  at 212-644-4484 at our office at 629 Park Avenue in  New York, NY, to book your appointment and embark on your journey to vibrant, beautiful skin.