Sherry has had a cherry angioma, a smooth, red bump on the skin, on her leg for years. Dermatologist Dr. Jessica Wu uses a laser to remove the skin growth.
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Laser Treatment to Remove Angioma Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: Cherry is here with us today and also joining us is dermatologist, Dr. Jessica Wu, welcome back. Hello ladies. Dr. Jessica Wu: Thank you. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: How are you? Female: I’m good. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: So I know that you have this thing going on, your leg, you weren’t sure what it was, it was bleeding, you got a little concerned, so what did you think? Dr. Jessica Wu: Well, what I saw on Cherry’s legs was actually not a mole but instead a type of very common harmless growth called the angioma. And angiomas are extremely coming. What’s significant about them is that they are not dangerous. I know that Cherry was concerned that they could be dangerous but it’s not skin cancer. Now that’s the important thing to remember. But instead it’s a cluster of blood vessels that come together, and that’s why it’s red, because of the blood flowing through them. Now, sometimes people can have hundreds of them -- Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: Do you spend a lot of time with these things -- Dr. Jessica Wu: Yes, hours. Yes, but luckily Cherry only has one. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: It’s kind of neat to treat them, is it? You see them go -- pop right in front of you. Dr. Jessica Wu: It’s clear, it’s fantastic. They literally -- the veins shrink, the angioma shrivel up, they turn into a scab and about three to five days, they fall off. It’s a real quick procedure and painless. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: So you have a laser specifically designed to treat that cherry angioma. Dr. Jessica Wu: I do. I do in the office when people come in whether it’s cosmetics or whether it rubs or bleeds as in Cherry’s case I use my Iridex DioLite Laser which makes this angioma shrivel up and then fall off in about three days. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: Let’s do it. I want to see how this works. People are going to like seeing this. It’s cool. Dr. Jessica Wu: What do you think Cherry? Cherry; Let’s do it, yeah. I’m tired with the bleeding. Dr. Jessica Wu: Let’s have you lie down. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: Alright, but this kind of laser, everybody needs to put their goggles on, ladies and gentlemen. Dr. Jessica Wu: And Cherry is going to put her goggles on and we’re going to put our goggles on and the first thing I’m going to do is apply a little bit of laser gel on Cherry’s leg. So go ahead and lie back a little bit more. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: And as all lasers, it’s very specific to a specific color, correct? Dr. Jessica Wu: Yes. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: So this laser is going to target the red hue in here. Dr. Jessica Wu: Okay so, I’m going to count to three and what you’re going to do is you’re going to lay there as still as you can and you’re going to feel a hot prickling sensation, kind of like if you’re cooking and a little bit of grease splatters on you. Okay, are you ready? Cherry: I’m ready. Dr. Jessica Wu: Here we go. One, two, three. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: Very cool, so that’s exploding right before our eyes. Dr. Jessica Wu: Absolutely. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: And the thing is we have a laser for each one of the different types of spots. You can have brown spots, you can have so-called spider angiomas, sunspots, age spots, we have a different laser for each one of those similar type of thing, use it, it will absorb the light temporarily. It leaves it discolored which will be the case here, correct? Dr. Jessica Wu: Yes. It’s going to be a little bit discolored and you can see - - roll then Cherry. Everyone can take their goggles off. Dr. Andrew P. Ordon: So you can see that it has absorbed that -- that energy. It’s no longer as cherry red. It’s a little more of a brown hue. Dr. Jessica Wu: Definitely, the veins have shrunken and it’s a little bit discolored, it’s going to turn into a scab in about a day or so. It might feel a little tender, we’re going to put a Band- Aid on there and you’re going to leave the Band-Aid on for about three to five days and after that, the things are going to fall