These are benign blood vessel tumors and the two common types are cherry and spider angiomas. Both are very common and are exacerbated by exposure to sunshine and hormones.
Cherry angiomas may appear anywhere over the body and tend to appear with age. They vary in size from tiny red dots, about the size of a pin-head, to larger and thicker, red-purple spots. Some people will have one or two spots, whereas others may have hundreds.
They may appear in showers where 20 – 30 spots surface overnight.
Spider angiomas have a central pin point red spot with tiny capillaries spreading out from it similar to spider’s legs. They can also appear anywhere over the body and can occur at any age from childhood to adulthood.
Neither of these conditions is of any medical concern. If a patient finds these to be cosmetically unacceptable, they can be removed simply and effectively with a vascular removal laser such as the V Beam pulsed dye laser. This may leave a small bruise temporarily but once the bruise dissipates, the lesions are usually completely gone.
**Actual patient. Individual results may vary.