The following article is dedicated to senile hemangiomas, which are often referred to as hemangiomas. These are harmless vascular changes. In the area of a senile hemangioma, vessels have increased excessively. They first appear in the form of small red spots. Over time, they turn into slightly raised, blood-filled nodules, hence the name “hemangioma.” They rarely grow larger than half a centimeter and can appear both sporadically and in large numbers on the body. The formation of senile hemangiomas is genetically determined. In most cases, they can be quickly removed with a laser with few complications.
HEMANGIOMAS FROM A MEDICAL POINT OF VIEW
Although from a medical point of view, hemangiomas are harmless and are more of a cosmetic concern, they should still be medically cleared before removal. You are welcome to arrange a consultation with Dr. Katrin Bartsch for this purpose. However, if the nodules become larger, there is a risk of injuring them and it is no longer a purely aesthetic problem. In addition, a senile hemangioma can be sensitive to pressure if it forms in a skin fold or in the armpit, for example. If other parts of the body or clothing constantly rub against it, the skin may become inflamed or the hemangioma may be scratched open. Scratching or pricking a hemangioma should be avoided at all costs, as this will injure a direct vessel and it will not close on its own. Infection may result. However, there is no risk of infection from a haemangioma.
REMOVAL OF HEMANGIOMAS USING ND:YAG LASER
There are several ways to remove hemangiomas. The most commonly used method is laser. In our office we remove senile hemangiomas by ND:YAG laser. Here, a beam of light destroys the blood vessels and specifically treats the red pigment. Afterwards, the sun or solarium should be avoided, as pigment disorders may occur. Depending on the size of the hemangioma, a fine scar may remain, but this is rather rare. In general, the treatment is considered low-risk and low-pain, with no downtime.
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS AND PRICE
Depending on the extent of the area to be treated or the number and size of the hemangiomas, either one or several sessions are necessary. The price starts at € 90,-.