What Treatment is Available for Hemangiomas?
The treatment options for hemangiomas are extremely varied. Here are some examples of common treatments to remove the skin growths and improve the appearance of skin blemishes left after a hemangioma has disappeared:
Beta-blockers are nonsurgical treatments for hemangiomas that are typically used in cases of infantile hemangiomas. The treatment may consist of the use of timolo gel on superficial growths or propranolol medication on more severe growths.
Corticosteroids are often used as an alternative treatment when the use of beta-blockers is not possible. Corticosteroids can be injected, applied to the surface of a hemangioma, or taken orally. This treatment can reduce inflammation and hemangioma development.
Cryosurgery is a quick and simple procedure, commonly used to treat cherry hemangiomas. During the treatment, a very small amount of liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and destroy the hemangioma. As the extreme cold of liquid nitrogen is able to kill cells immediately, cryosurgery can be very effective.
Surgery is often suggested when hemangiomas are abnormally large or located in a very sensitive area. There are multiple surgical procedures used to treat hemangiomas, including electrocauterization and shave excision.
Electrocauterization is a popular surgical procedure for cherry hemangiomas. During the procedure, the patient’s body will be grounded while the surgeon uses a probe to burn the growth. Shave excision is a quick and minimally invasive surgical procedure that’s used to treat many types of skin growth. During the procedure, the physician will use a scalpel to remove the upper part of the hemangioma.
Laser treatment is another common surgical treatment for hemangiomas. This treatment involves the use of a pulsed dye laser to destroy the hemangioma; it can be highly effective in reducing redness and removing the growth.
In some cases, only one laser treatment session will be required, but more can be scheduled if a larger number of hemangiomas need to be removed. Laser surgery is a quick procedure that’s performed on an outpatient basis.
During an appointment at the Kovak Cosmetic Center, you’ll be able to discuss the available treatments for hemangiomas in more detail. After an examination of your hemangioma and after discussing your desired results, your physician will suggest the most suitable treatment option for you.