Senile angioma – what is it, is it worth it to treat?
Angioma is a common name vascular benign tumors composed of vascular growths. Angiomas most often are formed in the fetus during pregnancy or immediately after birth may disappear with time.
A separate category is allocated a senile angioma – skin lesions in the form of red dots and specks that occur after 20 years and more after 30-40 years. Meet these vascular education for men and women, usually localized on the trunk, as a rule, their size rarely exceeds 0.1 mm, but with age, senile angiomas can grow up to 1-2 mm in diameter, in some cases up to an inch, becoming convex.
Why do I get
The exact causes of angioma at the moment is not revealed. Sometimes to provoke their appearance may injury, excessive sun exposure, and internal diseases.
What is senile angioma?
Structurally, this formation closely hemangioma – a tumor consisting of blood vessels. Senile angioma under a microscope is defined as a cluster of dilated capillaries, with the wall, sometimes thickened, the capillaries located in the papillary layer of the dermis. The dermis itself is moderately swollen and there are the homogenous strands of collagen. In addition to the capillaries, senile angioma also contains post-capillary venules with thickened wall also.
Is this benign neoplasm in the form of a rounded, painless soft nodules with clearly defined contours. They appear as small flat or slightly convex moles red color, or multiple spots, similar to petechial rash. Located most often on the body, the lips, can occur on the eyelids, cheeks, chest.
At the time of diagnosis of senile angioma differentialsa from other vascular tumors and similar skin formations – angiokeratoma, venous angiomas, telangiectaticum granuloma, melanoma, and cancer metastasis to skin from internal organs.
How to treat?
This education requires a treatment in case the cosmetic defect, cause discomfort and worsen quality of life. Large angiomas are removed surgical procedure, small elektrokoagulyatsii or eliminated with a laser. Cryotherapy is effective for other types of entities, does not apply in the case of the senile angioma.
When should I worry?
Any skin formation is often a cause for concern, as many moles and benign tumors can potentially be a source of malignancy and go in melanoma. This phenomenon have to be monitored at early stages, in time to take action.
There are several criteria for the evaluation of the nevus and tumor-like formations on the skin that should cause wariness. Senile angioma in this case is no exception, although it is considered harmless in most cases.
During the inspection, consider the following:
- Asymmetry. Imaginary line drawn through the red mole should divide it into two equal halves, asymmetry is a sign of unfavorable changes in the structure of education.
- Border. In the case of malignancy of the border of the mole becomes fuzzy, blurred.
- Change in color – darkening or lightening, blotches of different color on the surface.
- Size. Larger skin lesions more likely to be malignant. Size larger in diameter than a pencil eraser is cause to sound the alarm, especially if growth continues.
Also you should consult your doctor if angioma damaged and the wound for a long time does not heal, periodically inflamed, affecting the adjacent tissue.
Usually senile angioma – a phenomenon safea purely cosmetic procedure, but like any skin lesions, it is desirable to observe, in order not to miss serious symptoms.