Hemangiomas are the most common type of benign blood-vessel growths that occur in infants and children. They are frequently located on the face, but can occur anywhere. Most appear within the first few weeks of birth, and most regress within a few years. Large or disfiguring hemangiomas, or hemangiomas that fail to regress, require surgical removal.
Review Date 10/14/2018
Updated by: Michael Lehrer, MD, Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.