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An angiokeratoma is a benign lesion that causes red to blue-black marks on the skin. These are considered vascular lesions which result in the surface layer of the epidermis becoming thicker. A single lesion is barely noticeable, whereas larger groups are clearly visible on the surface of the skin. There are a number of types of angiokeratoma, based on where the lesions are located on the body.

Sporadic angiokeratoma describes a number of lesions that are spread out rather than clustered together. Fordyce angiokeratoma are found on the male scrotum and present as small reddish or purple spots that may extend to the shaft of the penis, lower abdomen and thighs. In women, a similar group of lesions is called vulvar angiokeratoma.

Lesions found on the torso or legs are most likely the result of angiokeratoma circumscriptum. Finally, angiokeratoma of mibella is best described as up to 5mm red papules that are found on the skin and can grow into thicker, scalier warts.

Angiokeratoma Treatment

Dr. Greg Levitin will first bring you in for an evaluation to provide a diagnosis and ensure that your lesions are a form of angiokeratoma. There are similarities between angiokeratoma lesions and malignant tumors, so it is important that an accurate diagnosis is carried out before treatment options are discussed.

There are two main reasons that patients typically request removal of angiokeratoma lesions: concerns over bleeding and infection, or to improve the cosmetic appearance of the skin. Dr. Levitin is happy to discuss with you the impact of the treatment methods used at the Vascular Birthmark Center before you agree to any procedures.

Laser therapy is often the preferred choice for patients when removing single or small clusters of angiokeratoma lesions. Dr. Greg Levitin uses multi-wavelength lasers to address varying depths of color in lesions, making this treatment much more effective for our patients. If you have already been through an evaluation with another doctor and were told that laser therapy was not the right option for you, make sure to consult with the Vascular Birthmark Center in New York or Los Angeles.

The Vascular Birthmark Center also offers a surgical treatment option for the removal of angiokeratoma lesions where appropriate. Dr. Greg Levitin is an accomplished plastic surgeon who uses small incisions in order to minimize scarring. Depending on your needs, Dr. Levitin may recommend using a combination of treatments for best results.

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If you have further questions about angiokeratoma treatment you can receive a free consultation via our website. The Vascular Birthmark Center is here to address all your concerns and ensure you are provided with all the information you need to make informed decisions about your diagnosis and treatment options.

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The Vascular Birthmark Center: Gregory M. Levitin, MD

4.8 / 5.0

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Abril M.

Dr. Levitin is very knowledgeable, compassionate and professional. Five years ago, I needed to find information about a birth mark that my newborn daughter started to grow a couple days after birth. I was afraid, I did not feel like I got any clear information about it through my insurance; also, they did not offer any course of treatment for it. I started to look for information, the birthmark was growing each day, information was scarce and I just got more scared. Finally, I found a video in Youtube from a grandmother who was very grateful after finding treatment for her grand daughter through The Birthmark Foundation. It was a huge blessing to me and my family. I found Dr. Levitin, I contacted him thinking he probably would not even answer. I was wrong, he kindly answered promptly, got in touch with me and soon he had a plan : ) I went to see him at the Birthmark Center in Los Angeles. He explained everything in a way that it was so clear to understand, no question I made was insignificant and his answers were each very informative. I really never have had an experience with a doctor who explains and speaks in such a way. I left his office knowing that my daughter was in the best hands and the best care. I first thank God for the Birthmark Foundation, a great organization with the highest quality of doctors. Also, a very special thanks to Dr. Levitin for all his help and kindness, for listening to my concerns and answering each and every question. And last, but no least, to the Birthmark Foundation Center in Los Angeles : ) I hope many children can find help/care in this place as I found it for my daughter. Thank you forever.

Ryan E.

I will be telling tales of the good doctors compassion till time comes to an end. Because of Dr Levitin, I have more confidence in my every day life. He was fast, knowledgeable, precise and all with a disarming sense of humor. Two thumbs up!

Carla M.

I wanted to show you how much better Hailey's tongue looks and let you know her speech has already improved so much!!! Her speech teacher is thrilled!!!! Thank you so much for everything you did for her. You are an excellent surgeon with a great bedside manner- we are forever grateful to you!!! We are so appreciative!

Danielle L.

we are forever grateful for Dr. Levitin. My daughter Lena had surgery to remove her hemangioma that was located on her forehead at just 6 month old. she healed beautifully and we couldn't be happier with how minimal her scar is, even almost 4.5 years later. Dr. Levitin is caring, compassionate, and such a great doctor/surgeon overall. He had our daughter's best interest and I knew she was in good hands. I highly recommend him any chance I get!


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.

Valle S.

I just discovered this page i have also a birthmark I always experiences bully because of this. I don't know what kind of birthmark is this if it is harmful ? I hope Dr. Levitin notice this message in this way I think he can help me :) :) #DrLevitin

Alicia M.

This year marks the 10th that I contacted VBF for help. Since then I have been under the care of Dr. G Levitin and Dr. R. Ortiz, they are my guardian healing angels! Thanks VBF for not only helping me but also for letting me be a volunteer in the foundation whenever I am needed. A Big Hug to all from MIAMI... Alicia

Alexander G.

Totally positive experience. Dr. Levitin is a great professional. He has diagnosed and treated my nose breathing problem, significantly improving my quality of life. Office staff is very professional. Appointments always kept on time. Strongly recommend.