What Is A Cherry Angioma?

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 colour from bright red to purple.

When they first develop, they may appear as small red dots. However, they then usually grow to about one or two millimetres across, and sometimes to a centimetre 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. The blood vessels comprising an angioma are so close to the skin’s surface, cherry angiomas may bleed profusely if they are injured.


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 although the underlying cause for the development of cherry angiomas is not fully understood.


Treatment for cherry angiomas varies but laser treatments have proven successful in the past. Ridding the skin of these red marks in as little as one treatment. Prior to any laser treatment, a comprehensive skin evaluation should be undergone. It is important an experienced doctor establishes that the skin can be treated with laser.

A topical anaesthetic is then applied to the skin for around 15-20 minutes to numb the area. The area is then lasered. Though it varies from patient to patient most achieve results in 1 or 2 treatments spaced 6 weeks apart.

If you think you may have a cherry angioma and would like to quickly and effectively clear your skin, book your free consultation at Natura by calling 01925 398 304. Or click here to book online Book Your Skin Evaluation