Red Moles, Angiomas, Or Red Spots On The Skin — How To Remove Them?

Red moles on the skin can appear with little or no warning. If you are concerned about their appearance, you are definitely not alone, but you can take a deep breath and relax. Most of these red spots on the skin are totally benign, so there is no need to panic.

My name is Sebastian Podlipnik, and I am a dermatologist at the Hospital Clínic in Barcelona and the Diagnosis Dermatologica clinic. Fortunately, today, we have effective techniques for treating angiomas, which I will tell you about below.

What are red moles?

Red Moles, Angiomas, Or Red Spots On The Skin - How To Remove Them?

Red moles are widespread benign cutaneous vascular lesions that can develop on almost any part of the body. They manifest themselves as red spots on the skin that progressively appear. The presence of small blood vessels and capillaries within them are responsible for the characteristic reddish appearance (hence the name blood moles).

Contrary to popular belief, these red spots on the skin are not really moles but small vascular dilatations and angioma’s correct medical name.

Searching the web, I have come across multiple terms for the same entity, and perhaps you know them by some of the following names:

  • Senile angioma
  • Cherry angiomas
  • Blood mole
  • Ruby spot
  • Red dots
  • Capillary hemangioma
  • Cherry hemangioma
  • Campbell of Morgan spots
  • Nevus Rufus
Angiomas are benign acquired skin lesions that usually appear after the age of 30. Their cause is unknown, although it is believed that there is an important genetic factor that predisposes them to their development.

What do angiomas look like?

An angioma is usually bright red, circular, or oval in shape and is small in diameter, usually ranging in size from the head of a pin to half a centimeter.

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Some are flat and even with the skin, while others are slightly raised. They can bleed if irritated, for example, by scratching or by rubbing against a brain woman.

Sometimes they cause more concern when red spots appear on the face because they are less aesthetic; however, they have no meaning.

Why do red spots appear on the skin?

The exact cause of angiomas is unknown, but there may be a genetic factor that makes certain people more prone to get them. They have also been linked to pregnancy, some medical conditions, and chronic sun exposure (photoaging).

There also seems to be a relationship between the first red spots on the skin and age. They often begin to appear from the age of 30 and increase in size and number with age. A study assessing the prevalence of angiomas showed that more than 75% of people over 75 years of age have them.

Having angiomas is NOT related to liver problems or other diseases.

Popularly people commonly associate the appearance of red spots on the skin with liver disorders or problems. They even go further by saying that they are caused by the accumulation of toxins in the liver. Evidently, all this is false, and there are no problems in your body if you have angiomas.

Do I have to worry if I have a lot of red spots on my skin?

This type of benign skin growth is not usually causing concern unless some frequently bleed, changing size, shape, or color. In these cases, you must contact your dermatologist to request an evaluation and rule out other types of malignant lesions that can be confused.

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On the other hand, if you have many red spots on your skin and they remain stable over time, you can rest assured.

How do we remove red moles on the skin?

First of all, it is not necessary to remove angiomas or the different vascular lesions previously described. Dermatologists usually treat them for cosmetic reasons. Another frequent reason why it is necessary to remove angiomas is that they are bothersome. They are located in areas that are easily rubbed, which can cause bleeding or irritation. Below I will detail the most common methods for the removal of angiomas or red moles.

1- Electrocautery

This surgical treatment method consists of burning the angioma using an electric current delivered by a small probe. Although it is very effective, small marks may remain after treatment, especially in people with darker skin. It is usually a good option in small angiomas but is not my favorite.

2- Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy involves freezing the angioma with liquid nitrogen (-195.8 °C). The extreme cold will destroy it. This method is known to be a quick and relatively easy procedure to perform. Often only one treatment session is needed for cryotherapy to be effective.

While it sounds straightforward to perform, it is not my favorite method for treating angiomas. We can only treat a few angiomas in one session, and we always freeze the healthy skin around the red spots. This can cause skin discoloration changes that can last for many months or years.

3- Laser or Intense Pulsed Light (Preferred method)

For me, laser treatment is the treatment of choice for angiomas. This procedure involves using a vascular laser, intense pulsed light, or CO2 laser for the definitive removal of the angioma or red mole. This method is quick, painless, and performed on an outpatient basis. Depending on the number of red spots you have on your skin, you may need between one to three treatment sessions. In addition, post-treatment care is minimal, and you can resume your activities immediately.

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4- Surgery (NO, please!)

Surgery for angiomas has also been described, although it is rarely used today. Surgery is invasive and has a high chance of leaving a scar. These lesions should not be treated with surgery for these reasons since we have previously described techniques with high efficacy, minimally invasive, and excellent aesthetic results.

What care should I take after the removal of red moles?

The care after the removal of angiomas will be quite simple, and you practically do not have to do further care. We usually recommend:

  • Avoid sun exposure in the treated area and use sunscreen creams.
  • Wash daily with soap and water to avoid crusting.
  • Use some ointment with antibiotics, vaseline, or regenerating cream during the first days of treatment.

Once the red spots are removed, will I get more?

Angiomas that are removed will not reappear. The problem is that since it is a genetic condition, new red moles will appear throughout life. Dermatologists recommend that recurrently and according to each patient’s need, they perform periodic sessions to remove the new red spots that appear on the skin. The time is variable but can be every several months to years.

How to prevent more red spots from appearing?

As I have explained, the appearance of these angiomas is directly related to the aging of the skin and each person’s genetics. That is why nothing can be done to prevent them.

But if you do not like them, you must consult as soon as possible, because if we remove them as soon as possible, there will be no visible marks on the body.

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