Birthmarks are normally present at birth, however, can appear after a few weeks of life. Birthmarks appear in different colors such as brown; tan; blue; pink; or red. They can be caused by vessels which did not grow normally or simply added pigment-producing cells in the skin.
What Causes Birthmarks?
There is no known cause why some people have birthmarks and it is not really fully understood but they are usually inherited. Occasionally there are gene mutations that also cause birthmarks.
Types of Birthmarks
There are basically 2 main types of birthmarks. Pigmented and vascular birthmarks. Pigmented birthmarks occur when there is more pigment in one area of the skin than others. Types of pigmented birthmarks can include moles; café-au-lait; and Mongolian spots. Vascular types can include hemangiomas; port wine stains; and salmon patches.
Birthmarks usually cause no pain or distress but can be unsightly to a person thereby causing low self-esteem. When a person is affected by birthmarks there are a few treatments for many of them.
What Are the Treatments for Birthmarks?
Commonly, a dermatologist will prescribe corticosteroids for a vascular birthmark such as a hemangioma. Other times laser treatment and even surgical excision would be a possibility.
It is always recommended you speak with your dermatologist to discuss the best possible treatment for you!
Vbeam Perfecta® is the gold standard and the world’s best selling pulsed-dye laser. Time and again it proves itself as the safe, easy-to-use tool for the treatment of vascular, pigmented and certain non-pigmented lesions with a low incidence of side effects.
We use the state-of-the-art pulsed dye Sclerolaser to treat a variety of vascular lesions. The pulsed dye Sclerolaser treats facial spider veins, leg veins, rosacea, scars, and stretch marks, as well as more complex problems such as port wine stains and hemangiomas.
For birthmarks, the Nd:YAG laser specifically targets the darker region of skin being treated and clears the lesion, leaving normal surrounding skin unharmed.
The Fraxel DUAL laser treatment targets birthmarks with microscopic laser columns that penetrate deep into your skin to expedite your body’s remodeling of collagen. Because the laser treats only a fraction of tissue at a time, it leaves the surrounding tissue intact, which promotes rapid healing. Fraxel DUAL resurfaces your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skin cells from the inside out.
If you would like to learn more about treatment for birthmarks, please call one of our specialists at a location near you.
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