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Blood Vessels Redness and Angiomas

Skin conditions that cause redness, such as broken blood vessels and angiomas, are common. They can appear anywhere on the body but most often occur on the face, neck, chest, abdomen arms and legs.

Broken blood vessels (telangiectasias) are small, dilated blood vessels near the surface of the skin. These vessels are typically red, purple or blue and appear as thin lines, dots or web-like patterns. They typically appear on the legs, face, and nose.

There are several factors that can contribute to the development of telangiectasias:

  • Genetics: Some people may have a genetic predisposition to developing telangiectasias.
  • Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes during pregnancy, menopause, and the use of certain hormonal therapies can cause telangiectasias to develop or worsen.
  • Sun damage: Long-term sun exposure can damage the skin and blood vessels, making them more visible.
  • Injury or trauma: An injury or trauma to the skin can cause telangiectasias to develop at the site of the injury.
  • Aging: As we age, the skin becomes thinner and less elastic, which can make the blood vessels more visible.
  • Chronic Venous Insufficiency: It’s a condition that affects the way blood flows through your legs. Veins that don’t work well can cause blood to pool in your legs. Over time, the extra pressure on the veins can cause them to widen and become more visible.
  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, such as rosacea, lupus, and scleroderma, can also cause telangiectasias to develop.
  • Sometimes the cause is unknown.

Redness of the skin can also be caused by allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea. Rosacea is a chronic condition that causes redness, flushing and visible blood vessels on the face. It is most common in adults between 30 and 50 years old, with fair skin and a family history of rosacea.

Angiomas are benign (noncancerous) tumors that form from blood vessels. They can occur anywhere on the skin and can take on many different forms. They can range in color from bright red to dark purple and may appear anywhere on the body. Angiomas can be caused by trauma, sun exposure or genetic factors, but it is not clear exactly why they form.

The most common types of angiomas are cherry angiomas, which are small, red moles that are commonly found on the trunk, but can appear anywhere on the body. Other types of angiomas include spider angiomas, which are small, red moles with small blood vessels radiating out from them, and venous lakes, which are dark blue or purple in color and are typically found on the ears, lips, or face.


In general, angiomas do not cause any symptoms and do not require treatment unless they are cosmetically undesirable or causing problems.

Treatment options for broken blood vessels, redness, and angiomas on the skin vary depending on the specific condition and the severity of the symptoms. Here are a few common treatment options:

  • Sclerotherapy: This is a procedure in which a solution is injected into the blood vessel to shrink it. It’s commonly used for treating spider veins but can also be used to treat small broken blood vessels.
  • Laser therapy: This uses focused light energy to shrink or destroy the blood vessel. It can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including spider veins, broken blood vessels, and angiomas.
  • Cryotherapy: This treatment uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy abnormal blood vessels. It’s commonly used to treat angiomas, which are benign tumors made up of blood vessels.
  • Topical creams: Some creams can help to reduce the appearance of broken blood vessels or redness. Some examples are vitamin k cream, retinol cream, or hyaluronic acid cream.

If you have any concerns about broken blood vessels, redness or angiomas on your skin, contact Dr. Devorah Shagalov at her office in Miami to receive the correct diagnosis and all your treatment options. During your consultation Dr. Shagalov will review your medical history including your medications and discuss with you the cause of your concerns and potential solutions.

By taking the appropriate steps to diagnose and treat any underlying conditions, you can help ensure that your skin looks its best. With the right care, you can have healthy, beautiful skin for years to come.

Dr. Devorah Shagalov is a board-certified dermatologist and a dual board-certified Mohs surgeon and Cosmetic Dermatologist. Contact her at her Miami office to schedule a consultation to learn more about how she can help you achieve and maintain a beautiful and healthy complexion. Biscayne Dermatology is located in Midtown Miami on the border of Edgewater and Wynwood a few blocks from the Design District, Miami Beach, and Downtown Miami.

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