Capillary angiomas, also known as strawberry angiomas, are bright red bumps that are usually half the size of a pencil eraser or smaller. They are caused by the formation of a collection of blood vessels.
While capillary angiomas are harmless to one’s health, they can be easily cleared with the Pulsed Dye Laser. This laser emits a yellow colored light that gets picked up by the red color in capillary angiomas. The underlying blood vessels are gently heated by the laser, shrinking the lesions and usually making them disappear. Dr. Rosenbach recently discovered a new method of removing angiomas using the Pulsed Dye Laser that he has taught at medical schools and academic conferences.
After 2-3 treatments, the vast majority of angiomas are gone. Each treatment is typically 3-4 weeks apart with no downtime. The lesions turn darker for a week or so before shrinking and finally disappearing.
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Dr. Alan Rosenbach
- Board-certified and fellowship-trained dermatologist
- Clinical associate professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC
- Reseacher, published author, lecturer
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