What are Cherry Angioma?

Red moles, or cherry angiomas, are common skin growths that can develop on most areas of your body. They’re also known as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots. 

They’re usuallycallout found on people aged 30 and older. The collection of small blood vessels inside a cherry angioma give them a reddish appearance.

This type of skin growth is typically not a cause for concern unless it bleeds often or changes in size, shape, or color. Talk to your doctor if you notice any bleeding or changes in appearance. These could be symptoms of skin cancer.

Am I a good candidate?​

A consultation with our team in San Ramon, Ca, is the best way to determine if you could benefit from either of these removal procedures. They will be able to give you feedback about your skincare concerns as well as determine which of these removal methods is best for you and your goals.

It is important to remember that results will vary with all procedures.

Cherry Angioma:


A cherry angioma is a noncancerous growth on the skin that is made up of tiny blood vessels, which can be found on various places of your skin. The actual cause of these moles is unknown, although research suggests they are genetic. Removal of a cherry angioma is not necessary, however the location of these moles may be bothersome especially those in very visible locations.

What post-treatment care is needed following red mole removal?


Post-care instructions will be reviewed with you during your free consultation. Clients will also receive a copy of take home instructions the day of treatment. These instructions include cleaning the skin, and the application of antibiotic ointment.

  • Food and Beverages: Drink plenty of water and eat foods high in nutritional value to promote healing.

  • Skin Care Products: All of the skin care products you use after treatment should be gentle and non-clogging. A very gently and inexpensive skin care products are: Aveeno, Cetaphill, and Neutrogena.

  • Sunscreen: According to the American Academy of Dermatology, it is very important to utilize proper and frequent sunscreen. Resuming sun activities are fine with sunscreen after the second week of treatment.

  • Moisturizer: Moisturizer should be non-irritating and non-clogging.

  • Glycolic Acid, Retin-A, Scrubs, and Toners: The treated area may be sensitive for the first week after treatment, so you should avoid products that might cause irritation. Make sure to read product labels prior to using them to prevent irritation.

  • Bleaching Creams: The use of bleaching creams (Hydroquinone) is not recommended while your skin is tender and should be discontinued until skin is healed.​

Frequently Asked Questions

What do cherry angiomas look like?

A cherry angioma is bright red, circular or oval shape, and small — ranging in size from a pinpoint to one-fourth of an inch in diameter. Some cherry angiomas appear smooth and even with your skin, while others appear slightly raised. They most often grow on the torso, arms, and shoulders.

Who is a good candidate for laser mole removal?

Anyone who wants aesthetically improve the appearance of their skin.

What causes cherry angiomas?

The exact cause of cherry angiomas isn’t known. There may be certain genetic factors that make some people predisposed to get them. They’ve also been linked to pregnancy, exposure to chemicals, and climate. There also appears to be a link between cherry angiomas and age. They often begin to appear when individuals reach age 30, and seem to increase in size and number with age.

How long is each session? How many sessions will I need?

Laser removal of your angiomas typically takes less than an hour, depending on the size and amount of the blemishes you’ll be having removed. Typically this is done in one treatment but some angiomas may require multiple sittings.

How does laser removal work?

The procedure involves using a pulsed dye laser (PDL) to get rid of the cherry angioma. The PDL is a concentrated yellow laser that focuses enough heat to destroy the blemish. This method is quick and is done as an outpatient procedure at our Lower Gywnedd office.

Are there any side effects?

This procedure can cause slight bruising at the location of the angioma, which can last up to 10 days.