A cherry angioma is a noncancerous (benign) skin growth made up of blood vessels.
Cherry angiomas are fairly common skin growths that vary in size. They can occur almost anywhere on the body, but usually develop on the trunk.
They are most common after age 30. The cause is unknown, but they tend to be inherited (genetic).
A cherry angioma is:
- Bright cherry-red
- Small -- pinhead size to about 1/4 inch in diameter
- Smooth, or can stick out from the skin
Cherry angiomas usually do not need to be treated. If they are affect your appearance or bleed often, angiomas may be removed by:
- Burning (electrosurgery/cautery)
- Freezing (cryotherapy)
- Shave excision