Remove blood sponges

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Images from ongoing user study. Single case report of a patient with multiple hemangiomas on the right cheek.

Picture 1 from July 16.04.2022th, XNUMX, Picture 2 from July 10.05.2022, XNUMX.

No conclusions can be drawn about the success of other treatments from this individual treatment case.

What are hemangiomas?

A hemangioma, also known as a blood sponge, blood sponge or strawberry spot, is a benign tumor of the immature capillary blood vessels.

In rare cases, these hemangiomas are already present at birth, more often they only develop in the first days and weeks after birth. Hemangiomas occur when blood vessels form and proliferate.

Its exact cause is not known. Genetic factors likely play a role. As part of the aging process, there is an increased incidence of senile hemangiomas, which points to the factor of metabolic regulation.

Larger blood sponges can be torn open again in some parts of the body, such as the back - bra clasp, stomach - waistband or even when shaving the face or legs and this can lead to heavy bleeding.


Classic treatment approaches

Hemangiomas are conventionally removed by cryotherapy, laser therapy, surgery or medication through the use of propranolol. However, since hemangiomas are small growths of newly formed blood vessels, phlebolysis, which involves the destruction of blood vessels, is particularly effective.

Nevertheless, we would like to briefly inform you about the common options:


Remove blood sponges

A pair of surgical intervention with a hemangioma is quite rare, since the angiomas are usually not so annoying and difficult to treat that cutting them out would be medically justified.

The treatment is usually effective, but it also puts quite a strain on the body - bleeding, swelling and scarring are possible side effects.

Hemangiomas treatment

The Laser therapy is the most common treatment method for hemangiomas, although removal with propranolol, i.e. beta-blockers, is often discussed.

Since laser therapy exposes the tissue to an "energy overload" and is intended to destroy tissue in a targeted manner, side effects are not uncommon - including redness, water retention (edema), unwanted hair loss, changes in skin pigmentation or even minor burns with possible scarring.

Treat blood sponges

An drug treatment with propranolol, i.e. a beta blocker, circulates the most on the Internet when patients want to find out more about the treatment of hemangiomas.

The reduction of the haemangiomas is to be achieved via the vasoconstriction achieved - the dosage of the medication is slowly increased under supervision until the desired effect is achieved. Since this therapy affects the cardiovascular system, it must not be carried out without medical supervision.

Hemangiomas removal

Within the cryotherapy the tissue is cooled down so much that the tissue is destroyed. As a result, the body rejects the affected tissue.

The approach is the most similar to that of phlebolysis among the conventional methods, but due to the still relatively strong intervention, there is the possibility of side effects such as crusting, blistering or swelling. The destruction of pigment-forming melanocytes can also lead to permanent changes in pigmentation in the affected area.

Treatment with phlebolysis:

Through the targeted application of radio frequency and electrolysis, the hemangioma is punctured and the blood supply is thereby obliterated. The healthy skin cells are not damaged because the very fine needle remains cold. The physical process of sclerotherapy occurs in the vessel, as the enriched water molecules in the blood are made to oscillate. They heat up and denature the vessel (blood sac) from the inside.

This can be done without anesthesia, as it is usually a bit uncomfortable but not painful or not very painful. In the regression phase, the hemangiomas usually disappear completely. The formation of scars or other side effects are not known despite much documentation of the treatment.

Important for sustainable treatment is not only the removal of the skin disorder, but also the treatment of possible metabolic disorders that could have causally led to the skin disorder - treatment with phlebolysis therefore does not rule out recurrences. In order to get an accurate prognosis, you still need to see a doctor.

Advantages of phlebolysis treatment:

  • no anesthesia
  • Scar formation not known
  • gentle and painless method
  • immediately visible reaction
  • applicable to any skin
  • Burns impossible because the tool is cold
  • no bleeding
  • no risk of infection
  • no threads, no pressure bandage
  • Patient is in no way restricted after treatment

Interview with Andreas Oehme, co-developer of phlebolysis.

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