Benign Hemangiomas, or small benign blood-vessel growths, generally get bigger with time and have a pattern of some days bigger and some days smaller. They are blue or purple, soft and tend to run in families. They can bleed [a lot] if they are allowed to get bigger with time. They are removed in a one or two step laser procedure with local anesthetic. It is a simple procedure to perform with the laser, but more difficult without it.