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Cherry Angioma and Red Spot Laser Treatment


Reclaim Your Confidence with Laser Treatments for Cherry Angiomas and Red Spots

We understand how it feels when changes in our skin affect our confidence and self-perception. Small changes, like the appearance of red spots or cherry angiomas, can seem magnified when we look in the mirror, a constant reminder that our skin is changing as we age or undergo hormonal shifts. If these changes cause you distress, it’s okay to seek solutions.

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we see you – not just your skin but the individual who lives beneath it. We know how deeply personal your skin health journey is and we’re here to walk alongside you, offering the latest, effective solutions to restore your confidence and help your skin tell the story you want it to tell. With state-of-the-art laser treatments for red spots and cherry angiomas, Dr. Kesty and our dedicated team are committed to providing you with care that’s more than skin deep. We’re here to educate, inspire, and empower you in all your skin health decisions. Let’s embrace this journey together.


I am beyond thrilled with the results, and with the welcoming and friendly attitudes of the entire staff.

—Hannah S.

Benefits of Laser Treatment For Cherry Angiomas & Red Spots

Addressing the unwelcome changes that sun damage, aging, and other factors bring to your skin.
Empowered self-image
Long lasting results
Revitalized life perception
Minimally invasive procedure
High precision
Quick recovery period
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Why Choose Us for Your Skin?

Unlock age-defying transformations with the tailored expertise of Dr. Kat Kesty, a pioneer in laser cosmetic dermatology

Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
Broadest selection of lasers in Florida (25+)
One of a handful of fellowship trained laser surgeons in the nation
Customized treatments merge science & artistry

Give Your Skin the Best

Don't settle. Choose confident, natural beauty.

Why Choose Laser Treatment for Red Spots

Red spots like cherry angiomas are typically bright cherry-red and range in size from a pinhead to one-quarter inch (0.5 centimeter) in diameter. They can be smooth or can stick out from the skin and form a slightly raised small bump. Lasers are highly effective at treating red spots and cherry angioma removal and offer patients key benefits including:

Advantages of Laser Treatment for Cherry Angiomas and Red Spots

Optimal Cosmetic Result

Laser treatment is less invasive than traditional surgery or other physical interventions like freezing, surgical excision, or cauterization to treat red spots and red bumps for cosmetic reasons. Lasers used by Dr. Kesty target the specific lesion or angioma, significantly reducing the risk of bleeding, scarring and damage to the surrounding skin.

High Precision in Treatment

Laser medicine offers precision in the laser light that is hard to match with other methods such as surgery. The laser can be directed accurately at cherry angiomas and any surrounding capillary or red moles, targeting only the affected blood vessels with enough heat and leaving the surrounding skin untouched. This precision avoids unnecessary harm to your skin and minimizes the risk of inflammation, bruise, scars, or edema (redness) post-treatment.

Quick Recovery Period

One of the compelling advantages of laser treatment for red spots and cherry angiomas is the quick recovery period compared to other removal options. Unlike surgery, which may require considerable downtime, recovery from laser treatment is typically much faster, allowing you to return to your regular activities as soon as the day after your Laser procedure.

Long-lasting Results

When done correctly, laser treatment can offer long-lasting results when destroying the cherry angioma. The 532 and pulsed dye lasers, in particular, emit energy at a wavelength that is absorbed by the blood vessels of the cherry angioma, causing them to coagulate and be naturally and permanently removed by the body over time. Other treatment options, including electrocautery, cryosurgery, and electrodesiccation, may not offer permanent results for common skin growths including cherry angiomas.

Empowered Self-image

Opting for laser treatment for cherry angiomas and red spots means deciding to regain control over your skin’s appearance, a step towards bolstering self-confidence and reducing emotional distress. The decision signals a shift in your narrative, leading to improved self-perception and self-assuredness.

Revitalized Life Perception

Clear, healthy skin can enhance your zest for life. This transformation, post successful laser treatment, impacts both your physical and emotional well-being, enabling you to embrace life’s possibilities with renewed enthusiasm and confidence. The journey to skin health is also a journey towards a revitalized perception of life’s opportunities.

Choosing the Right Laser Treatment Provider: Prioritizing Expertise and Personalization

The Importance of Credentials and A Rich Professional Background

When considering your Physician for a laser treatment, it is imperative to delve into their experience and qualifications. Dr. Kesty at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, one of the few Fellowship-Trained Laser Cosmetic Dermatologists in the United States, is a testament to this necessity. Her professional background, certifications, and the cutting-edge technology she employs stand as the pillars supporting her expertise. She is uniquely qualified to deliver superior results to her patients.

The Essential Role of Customized Treatment Plans

Everyone’s skin tells a unique story, playing host to a distinct array of skin conditions and characteristics. Therefore, it is paramount to find a Physician who listens to your story, who values the individuality of your skin, and molds the treatment plan accordingly. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, Dr. Kesty does not believe in a one-size-fits-all approach. She invests time in understanding your specific needs and cosmetic goals, thereby tailoring her approach to give you the radiant, youthful skin you once thought was beyond your reach.

The Power of Modern Laser Treatment Technology for Red Spots

Lasers have seen tremendous advancements over the years, with the advent of cutting-edge technology that caters to a multitude of skin conditions. Understanding the capabilities of each laser type is crucial for effective treatment.

The Precision of Pulsed Dye Lasers (PDL)

Pulsed Dye Lasers are renowned for their effectiveness in treating adult and pediatric skin conditions such as cherry angiomas as well as other red spots (often requiring a medical diagnosis). These powerful lasers emit light at a wavelength specifically designed to be absorbed by the skin condition of broken blood vessels feeding the lesion, causing the angioma to fade over time. The pulsed dye laser process involves selectively heating blood vessels beneath the skin, which ultimately leads to their destruction while minimizing damage to the surrounding tissues. This laser’s exactitude lies in its capability to target the specific blood vessel causing the red spot, leaving the remaining skin unaffected. This leads to less downtime as well as a significantly reduced chance of scarring.

The Versatility of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)

Intense Pulsed Light offers a solution in dermatology for treating cherry angiomas. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology utilizes a broad spectrum of light wavelengths, creating pulses of light energy that target and minimize the appearance of angiomas and other red spots on the skin. IPL can also be used for mole removal, stretch mark, leg vein treatment, acne treatment, cherry angioma treatment, treating sun damage, facial treatments, brown spots, skin tightening, acne scar treatment, and other skin lesions and cosmetic dermatology laser treatments. IPL penetrates down to the second layer of your skin (dermis) without harming the top layer (epidermis), thus offering an effective skin treatment for all types of vascular lesions.

The Comprehensive Effectiveness of KTP Lasers

Potassium Titanyl Phosphate (KTP) lasers, known for their wide-ranging skin treatment capabilities, provide an excellent solution for skin conditions including cherry angiomas, leg veins, skin rejuvenation, hand rejuvenation, warts treatment, fine lines, age spots, rosacea treatment, venous lakes, skin tags, birthmark removal, and skin resurfacing. Like PDL, KTP lasers are revered for their precision and effectiveness in eliminating red spots and angiomas. They operate by producing a green light that is readily absorbed by the red color of the blood vessels in the angiomas, allowing for precise and controlled treatment that ensures healthy surrounding skin is left untouched. The KTP laser offers a swift, efficient, and often immediate removal of angiomas.

Your Treatment Timeline for Red Spots Laser Treatment

Treatment Duration and Number of Sessions:

In Dr. Kesty’s expert hands, each laser treatment session typically lasts between 15 to 30 minutes. The exact duration depends on the size, number, and location of the cherry angiomas. Some patients see significant improvement after just one session, but more commonly, a series of sessions, usually 2-4, are needed for optimal results. Rest assured, during your initial consultation, Dr. Kesty will provide a detailed estimate of the number of sessions you may need based on her careful evaluation of your unique skin.

Recovery Time and Process:

The recovery journey is as important as the treatment itself. After cherry angiomas laser treatment, mild swelling or bruising may occur, but these usually resolve within a few days. Patients can return to their daily routines almost immediately, but it is advised to avoid direct sun exposure and strenuous activities for at least 24-48 hours post treatment for cherry angioma.d Dr. Kesty’s team provides detailed aftercare instructions to ensure swift healing and optimal results. They are always available to answer your questions or address any concerns during the recovery period. With Dr. Kesty, your journey to clear, healthy skin is always smooth.

The St. Petersburg Context: Factors Determining Laser Treatment Cost of Red Spots

The cost of laser treatment can be influenced by several factors. The type of laser utilized, the size and number of cherry angiomas being treated, and the specific location of the red spots are among these considerations. Given Dr. Kesty’s expertise and her base in St. Petersburg, you can be confident that your treatment is priced competitively and in line with the quality of service delivered. Before embarking on your skin health journey, we highly recommend a consultation with Dr. Kesty. This will provide a comprehensive understanding of the costs involved, allowing you to plan and prepare accordingly.

The Insurance Conundrum: Understanding Coverage for Cosmetic Treatments

It is crucial to note that most insurance companies classify laser treatment for cherry angiomas as a cosmetic procedure. This often leads to such treatments not being covered under standard insurance policies. However, given the nuances of insurance coverages and the variations in individual policies, you may want to liaise with your insurance provider to better understand the specifics of your coverage. Remember, while in most cases insurance might not cover these treatments, Dr. Kesty’s clinic in St. Petersburg strives to make skin health accessible and affordable, offering various financing options and payment plans.

In-Depth Examination of Laser Treatment for Red Spots and Cherry Angiomas

Pre-Treatment Care: Setting the Stage

Minimizing Sun Exposure

As part of your treatment preparation, Dr. Kesty recommends avoiding direct sun exposure as much as possible. Excessive sun exposure can make the skin more sensitive and potentially lead to damage. Moreover, applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 helps protect your skin from harmful UV rays, a crucial step in your pre-treatment care.

Priming Your Skin for Treatment

Dr. Kesty and the team at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser make preparing your skin for treatment a breeze. Dr. Kesty emphasizes the importance of simple yet effective skin care to maximize the benefits of laser treatment. This may include specific topical medications recommended by Dr. Kesty to optimize your skin’s condition.

Post-Treatment Care: Ensuring Optimal Results

Selecting Appropriate Skincare Products

Once the treatment is complete, the journey towards healthy skin is not over. Post-treatment, Dr. Kesty will suggest skincare products tailored to your skin type and needs. These products aid in the healing process and help maintain your skin’s health, ensuring the longevity of the treatment results.

Steering Clear of Strenuous Activities

After undergoing laser treatment, it is essential to give your skin the chance to optimally heal. Avoid engaging in strenuous activities that can lead to excessive sweating or heat exposure. These can irritate the treated areas, potentially slowing down the healing process. Following all post-treatment instructions, including activity restrictions, is crucial to securing the best results from your laser treatment.

Uncovering the Causes Behind Cherry Angiomas and Red Spots

Aging: An Unavoidable Factor

It is an inescapable truth that as we advance in years, our bodies undergo several changes. The skin, the body’s largest organ, is no exception. With aging, cherry angiomas may appear. These bright red spots can manifest at any age, but they are typically more prevalent in adults over 30. The number and size of these angiomas often increase with old age.

Hormonal Changes: A Significant Contributor

Another key player in the development of cherry angiomas is the hormonal fluctuation our bodies experience. For instance, pregnancy, a time of significant hormonal changes, can cause the development or increase in number of these skin lesions. Hormones may influence the growth of blood vessels, leading to the formation of cherry angiomas.

Genetic Predispositions: The Role of Genetics

While anyone can develop cherry angiomas, your family history might put you at a higher risk for cherry angiomas. Studies have suggested a genetic component to their occurrence, as these benign skin growths tend to appear more frequently in some families. Therefore, if your close relatives have cherry angiomas, you might be more predisposed to develop them as well. However, remember that genetic predisposition does not guarantee their occurrence; it merely increases the likelihood.

Examining Alternative Treatments

Topical Medication Creams

Topical creams contain a chemical substance or hormone and can sometimes be advertised to reduce the appearance of cherry angiomas, although their effectiveness may vary.


Cryotherapy, or freezing, is another treatment option. This involves using a very cold substance like liquid nitrogen to freeze and remove the angiomas. This often leads to a scar as the surrounding skin is also frozen and damaged.


This method uses electricity to heat up a tiny probe which is then used to burn off the angioma. While effective, it carries a slightly higher risk of scarring compared to laser treatment as the skin around the red spot is often burned as well.

Schedule Your Consultation for a Red Spot and Cherry Angioma Evaluation Today

Navigating the sea of options, from laser treatment, cryotherapy, to topical creams, in pursuit of the perfect solution for your red spots cherry angiomas can be daunting. The path you tread will ultimately depend on the unique canvas of your skin, the size and placement of your angiomas, and what you, personally, are comfortable with.

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we believe in empowering you in this decision-making process. Dr. Kesty, with her specialized experience and knowledge, collaborates with you, understanding your unique skin health and aesthetic desires. Our focus extends beyond simply enhancing your appearance—we’re invested in promoting the long-term health and vitality of your skin.

In crafting this guide, we have sought to arm you with a comprehensive understanding of laser treatment for cherry angiomas and red spots. Our goal is to address your concerns and demystify the key considerations, ensuring you feel confident and informed in your skin health journey.

Aging is natural, but surrendering to the unwelcome changes it brings to your skin is not obligatory. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, under the expert guidance of Dr. Kesty, we are ready to help you turn back the clock on your skin and reclaim your radiant, youthful glow.

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FAQs about Cherry Angioma and Red Spot Treatments

What are the other names for cherry angiomas?

Cherry angiomas are also known as cherry moles, senile angiomas, and Campbell de Morgan spots.

What is red spot laser treatment?

Red spot laser treatment is a procedure that uses concentrated light beams to treat and remove cherry angiomas.

Is there any pain during the red spot laser treatment?

Topical anesthesia may be applied prior to treatment to minimize any discomfort.

How long does a laser treatment session for red spots and cherry angiomas last?

Treatment typically takes between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size and number of cherry angiomas being treated.

How long does it take to see the final results after laser treatment for my red spots?

Typically, the cherry angioma will darken and scab over before falling off within a week or two post-treatment, revealing the final results.

Can I use makeup to cover the treated area after my red spot are laser treated?

Yes, cosmetics can be applied to the treated area after the swelling, redness, and discomfort have subsided, but be gentle and avoid irritating the area further.

Do cherry angiomas indicate any underlying health issues?

While cherry angiomas themselves are benign and do not indicate more significant health issues in the human body, their cause is not entirely understood and can be potentially linked to aging, certain medical conditions, and genetics. There is no relationship between cherry angioma and skin cancer (malignant or benign) or other types of skin disease.

Will the results of red spot laser treatment be permanent?

While the treatment aims for permanent removal of cherry angiomas, they may return in the same or adjacent area over time; however, the treatment can be repeated if desired.

What are the risk factors for developing cherry angiomas?

Risk factors for a patient with cherry angiomas include fair skin, aging, family history, and pregnancy.

Can cherry angiomas be prevented?

There is no known way to prevent cherry angiomas, but limiting sun exposure and taking good care of your skin can promote overall skin health.

Are home remedies or natural treatments effective for cherry angiomas?

Home remedies and natural treatments, such as apple cider vinegar or tea tree oil, have not been scientifically proven to be effective in treating cherry angiomas and may even cause skin irritation.

What other skin conditions look like cherry angiomas?

A cherry angiomas and a hemangioma can appear to be similar in appearance, but are composed of different cells. Angiomas are benign growths made of blood vessels or lymphatic vessels, whereas hemangiomas are small growths made of blood vessels only.

Can laser treatment for red spots be performed on any area of the body?

Yes, laser therapy can be used to treat cherry angiomas and red spots on any area of the body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, legs, and torso.

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