Angiokeratoma is a condition that affects the skin and is characterized by the appearance of small, red or purple bumps on the surface of the skin. These bumps are typically benign and are caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the skin. While angiokeratomas are generally harmless, they can be unsightly and may cause discomfort or embarrassment in some cases.
Dr. Gregory M. Levitin at the Vascular Birthmark Center in NYC discusses the different types of angiokeratoma and the various treatments that are available for this condition.
Types of Angiokeratoma
There are several different types of angiokeratoma, each with its own unique characteristics and treatment options.
This type of angiokeratoma typically appears as a red or purple bump on the surface of the skin. These bumps are typically small and may be raised or flat. Classic angiokeratomas are most commonly found on the lower extremities but can also occur on the scrotum, vulva or other areas of the body.
This type of angiokeratoma is most commonly found on the scrotum or vulva. These lesions typically appear as small, red or purple bumps on the surface of the skin. While Fordyce angiokeratomas are generally benign, they can cause discomfort or embarrassment in some cases.
This type of angiokeratoma is most commonly found on the hands and feet. Mibella angiokeratomas typically appear as red papules that can grow into thicker, scaly warts.
This type of angiokeratoma is rare and typically appears as a red or purple patch on the surface of the skin. These patches may be raised or flat and can occur anywhere on the body.
New York Angiokeratoma Treatment
Treatment options for classic angiokeratoma depend on the location and size of the lesion. In many cases, the lesion can be easily removed with cryotherapy (freezing) or electrocautery (burning). Dr. Levitin commonly uses variable wavelength laser treatments to remove many angiokeratoma lesions. If another provider told you laser treatment was not the best option for you, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Levitin.
The Vascular Birthmark Center also offers surgical removal of angiokeratoma lesions in some cases. Dr. Levitin is a skilled plastic surgeon who uses techniques that minimize visible scarring. He may also recommend a combination of treatments, depending on your particular case. Every patient receives a tailored treatment plan unique to their specific concerns and needs.
Angiokeratoma is a common skin condition that can be benign or unsightly. While there are several different types of angiokeratoma, each with its own unique characteristics and treatment options, most lesions can be easily removed without serious risks or complications. The Vascular Birthmark Center routinely uses laser or surgical treatment for angiokeratoma lesions on the body.
If you are concerned about angiokeratoma lesions or any other skin condition, it is important to speak with Dr. Levitin about it. Contact the Vascular Birthmark Center in New York or Los Angeles to schedule an exam and consultation.
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