An angiofibroma is an overgrowth of collagen fibroblasts and blood vessels. It is characteristically found in adults as a solitary lesion usually on the face, often mistaken for a Basal Cell Carcinoma or melanocytic nevus. Angiofibroma’s are benign, though patients may choose to have them removed. They appear as firm, flesh-coloured, dome-shaped papule. Small capillaries may be visible on the surface of the lesion.
Dr. Sapra will use one or a combination of treatment options including electrocautery, shave excision or laser treatment using Pulsed Dye Laser or Excel V. Angiofibromas are persistent, however, and can often return or have minimal improvement after one treatment. Multiple treatments may be required.
Frequently Asked Questions
What causes an angiofibroma?
An angiofibroma is an overgrowth of collagen fibroblasts and blood vessels. Unfortunately, the cause is unknown, but may be caused by injury or irritation to the area.