These are common benign formations that consist of blood vessels. Their colour is bright red and their dimensions range from 1-2 mm in width to 1 cm in diameter. They can appear on the skin of the whole body, but are most common on the back. They can affect men and women, usually over 30 years of age. These red “moles” are often an indication of skin aging as well as a consequence of chronic sun exposure.
Although benign and harmless, they may become inflamed or bleed in case of trauma. They can be removed by a single laser treatment.
Laser treatment of cherry hemangiomas is carried out with the Nd: YAG laser by the leading American company for medical laser systems Cutera.
In the laser removal of cherry hemangiomas a light impulse is applied, the energy of which is absorbed by the blood in the enlarged capillaries. Laser energy converts to heat, causing a permanent contraction and destruction of red “moles”.
The laser is safely applied to all patients, regardless of their age and type of skin (from the lightest to the darkest). The only condition is that patients do not have suntan, and have not been actively exposed to sun or solarium in the last month.
The patient senses slight stinging or pinching when the impulse is applied through the nozzle. No local anesthesia or analgesic is required before, during or after the treatment.
For the complete comfort of our patients during manipulation, a professional Zimmer 6 cryosystem is used for analgesia by means of a cold air jet.
Immediately after the treatment, slight redness and swelling of the treated area is possible within 3 to 5 days.
It is advisable to place a sunscreen with a high factor on the treated area if it is exposed to direct sunlight.
Typically, cherry haemangiomas are removed by a single treatment.
Laser therapy takes place during the seasons in which the affected area is not exposed to direct sunlight. Such are autumn, winter and spring.
There are conditions in which the treatment is strictly contraindicated due to the high risk of unpredictable side effects:
• presence of open wounds
• presence of suntan from recent exposure to sun or solarium
• patients who are going to have sun exposure within 30 days of the last treatment
• active herpes and other skin infections in the area of the treated area
• malignant skin formations
• in case of systemic intake of drugs that enhance the sensitivity of the skin to the rays, etc.