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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.

Classic Angiokeratoma

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.

Fordyce Angiokeratoma

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.

Mibella Angiokeratoma

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.

Angiokeratoma Circumscriptum

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.

Posted on behalf of The Vascular Birthmark Center: Gregory M. Levitin, MD

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My name is Chris and I was recently treated for an AVM on my forehead by Dr. Gregory Levitin of New York (New York Eye and Ear Infirmary). Thankfully, I live within a few hours of NYC. In brief, I would like to say that Dr. Levitin is very capable doctor with a lot of experience with AVMs. He responds quickly to e-mail, texts, and phone calls. He accepts insurance. He takes a "team approach" and will be your "QB" and involve other specialists as necessary. In my particular case they were Dr. Raj Shrivastava (Mt Sinai) and Dr. Raphael A. Ortiz (Lenox Hill) in NY. I recommend contacting Dr Levitin for a consultation if you suspect you have an AVM. All 3 Drs are just good people. When I spoke to them, they treated me like like an equal. I felt like they were advising me as a close friend or family member. Like many that suffer with AVMs I was at first mis-diagnosed. What was thought to be a just a simple cyst turned out to be an AVM. Surgery to remove the cyst made the AVM about 5x bigger. My treatment entailed a few MRIs and CAT scans to determine what was going on and the treatment plan. This was followed by consultation with the 3 Drs mentioned above and finally a 2-day procedure. On day 1 Dr Ortiz embolized the AVM. On day 2 Dr Levitin and Dr Shrivastava removed the AVM from my skull and put some metal mesh there to fill the "hole". It has been 6-months since the surgery and so far I have not had any recurrence. In honor of Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day and to thank these Drs for all they have done for me, I just want to give everyone a solid reference. Finding the right doctor for this type of stuff makes all the difference.

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