Cherry angiomas are made up of clusters of capillaries at the surface of the skin forming a small round dome ("papule"), which may be flat topped. They range in color from bright red to purple. When they first develop, they may be only a tenth of a millimeter in diameter and almost flat, appearing as small red dots. However, they then usually grow to about one or two millimeters across, and sometimes to a centimeter or more in diameter. As they grow larger, they tend to expand in thickness, and may take on the raised and rounded shape of a dome. Multiple adjoining angiomas are said to form a polypoid angioma. Because the blood vessels comprising an angioma are so close to the skin's surface, cherry angiomas may bleed profusely if they are injured. The SKIN CLASSIC will dehydrate the tissue, and discourage bleeding at the same time.
Cherry angiomas appear spontaneously in many people in middle age but can also, although less common, occur in young people. They can also occur in an aggressive eruptive manner in any age. The underlying cause for the development of cherry angiomas is not understood, much because of a lack of interest in the subject. This is probably because they rarely are caused by an internal malignancy.
In most clients, the number and size of cherry angiomas increases with advancing age. They are harmless, except in very rare cases that involve a sudden appearance of many angiomas, which can be a sign of a developing internal malignancy.
On the rare occasions that they require removal, traditionally cryosurgery or electro surgery have been used. More recently pulsed dye laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment has also been used. The use of the Skin Classic simplifies the treatment of this minor irregularity. The size of the probe (F12) is the key for causing the desired effect without peripheral skin/cell damage due to the nature direct HF energy specifically directed to the CA. A low power setting ( 20-30) combined with inheritant moisture (blood) creates an excellent setting for local dessication of this irregularity with the STATIC TAP METHOD, which is touching the CA just long enough for a color change. Upon treatment of the entire cherry angioma, there will be a crust similar to that of a picked pimple. This will shed in approximately 7-10 days. The client is to use a moisturizing sun block after treatments.
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