Birthmark Removal Treatments
Birthmarks are splotches on the skin that come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Many birthmarks are congenital, but a few types develop later in life in response to a medical condition. While some birthmarks are small and inconspicuous, others can be large and quite visible—and that’s when birthmark removal becomes convenient. For people with more prominent birthmarks, they can be a source of anxiety and even lowered self-esteem. Laser birthmark removal can help alleviate the stress caused by unwanted birthmarks and in some cases, even treat the associated health risks they may cause.
Types of Birthmarks
Café Au Lait Spot. Sometimes called a coffee cream spot, these birthmarks are flat and tan to light brown in color. They can appear anywhere on the body and are quite normal and not indicative of an underlying medical condition.
Hemangioma. Most commonly found on infants, hemangiomas are bright red in color because they’re comprised of a piling of blood vessels. They’re usually found on the face and neck, and are five times more common on females than males. After a hemangioma initially appears, it may grow for up to eighteen months before it involutes, or reduces on its own. Because hemangiomas swell quite visibly, they can pose health risks when located on vital parts of the body like the ears, nose, eyes, or mouth.
Mongolian Spot. Mongolian spots are sometimes initially mistaken for bruises, because of their gray or purplish color. They’re common in people with darker skin, particularly on the back and buttocks. Mongolian spots fade over time.
Port Wine Stain. Red or purple port wine stains are usually present at birth. They can be either flat or slightly raised.
Salmon Patch. Angel kisses, stork bites, or salmon patches are common in infants but can also be found on adults, usually on the nape of the neck or other parts of the face. They are similar to café au lait spots except they may have a pinkish hue.
Venous Stain. Venous stains are flat, bluish birthmarks that are often large and located anywhere on the body.
Birthmark Removal and Treatment
Birthmarks can be removed using technologically advanced lasers. Similar lasers are used on the skin to remove age spots, acne scarring, sun damage, wrinkles, and even remove hair. Devices utilized for birthmark removal include the Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) system and the Nd:YAG laser. Laser birthmark removal works well on birthmarks that are close to the skin’s surface, including flat birthmarks and hemangiomas. During treatment, the patient may feel a mild snapping feeling or a burning sensation. Any discomfort will subside as soon as the treatment ends. The birthmark should shrink and fade after multiple treatments.
Surgery is a last resort for birthmark removal. It’s required when laser birthmark removal doesn’t work, or when the birthmark is internal. Surgical birthmark removal will require a general or local anesthesia and an extended healing time.
If you’d like to learn more about birthmark removal, contact our representatives today. We’ll schedule you a free consultation with a skincare specialist in your area.
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