Hemangioma and vascular malformation removal
Hemangiomas and vascular malformations are benign growths that can form at any age, starting as early as birth. Some disappear over time but most remain problematic and of an aesthetic nature. In rare cases, hemangiomas and other vascular malformations may lead to functional disorders, and bigger growths can lacerate or bleed. The most common hemangiomas in adults are the so-called cherry hemangiomas. They have the appearance of bright red or purple raised spots on the body, face or lips.
The most effective treatment for hemangiomas and other vascular malformations is Nd:Yag laser or IPL treatment. Both methods function based on the destruction of the blood vessels and capillaries forming the growth.
Using lasers and IPL treatment for hemangioma and vascular malformations is the most effective and safe therapy. It also offers a minimal recovery time.
Specially trained and certified physicians make sure the procedure goes well and observe the patient’s safety. AestheLine Dermatology Clinic uses a high-quality device by the leading laser manufacturer in the field of dermatology and aesthetics, Fotona®.
How do we treat hemangiomas?
Hemangiomas are small benign growths composed of a bundle of enlarged capillaries. The most common type are cherry hemangiomas. They start appearing after puberty as small or large bright red or purple raised sports. They rarely bleed or cause any discomfort.
They are removed via Nd:Yag laser which destroys the vascular cells forming the growth. The procedure is quick and painless.
Immediately after treatment, the treated hemangioma darkens, and the surrounding skin becomes red. Within 2 days, the hemangioma forms a scab which falls within two weeks.
The procedure is not recommended for pregnant and nursing women, people with light sensitivity, and epileptics. In most cases, hemangiomas disappear after just one procedure, but larger and deeper growths might require repeating the treatment, but at least 4 weeks afterward.
How do we treat vascular malformations?
Vascular malformations are a large group of growths appearing upon birth (such as the Port wine stain) or later (such as telangiectasia, venous lake, spider angioma, poikiloderma). They are all benign but do not disappear over time. Usually, they manifest as bright red to dark purple spots of varying size.
Nd:Yag laser or IPL technology are some of the most effective methods to treat them. Both function on the basis of clearing the blood vessels and capillaries forming the growths. Before the procedure, the area is treated with an anesthetic cream. During treatment, the area will feel very warm to burning hot. After the procedure, the treated area is usually grayish, and the surrounding skin is red and swollen.
For 3 days following the treatment, you will have to use an anti-inflammatory cream. You will have to exercise strict photoprotection until you have fully recovered.
You will start noticing the treatment’s effect within 2-3 weeks following the treatment. Depending on the malformation’s size and the type of blood vessels forming it, you may need more than 1 procedure to be fully healed.