Birthmarks are a fairly common condition in which the skin is marked by red, pink, or brown spots. Many men and women have birthmarks ranging in size, shape, and color. While some birthmarks are small and inconspicuous, others can be much larger and more noticeable, detracting from the natural beauty of the face. Luckily, there are treatments available for most types of birthmarks. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our expert dermatologists will consult with patients to determine the best means of treating whatever kind of birthmark they have.
Types of Birthmarks
Birthmarks can be of two types: pigmented or vascular. Pigmented birthmarks are the result of large concentrations of melanin in one spot, and are most often brown in color. Types of pigmented birthmarks include cafe au lait spots, moles, and Mongolian spots. Vascular birthmarks, on the other hand, are red or pink and are caused by enlarged blood vessels. Types of vascular birthmarks include port wine stains, hemangiomas, and macular stains.
Birthmarks are not always present from birth; occasionally they will show up after. Some birthmarks will fade away on their own, while others linger into adulthood. Especially prominent birthmarks can cause self-consciousness and embarrassment for both children and adults, but most can be treated safely and effectively through a variety of treatment options.
Treatments for Birthmarks
IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a good option for treating superficial red and brown birthmarks, along with other conditions that cause redness, such as rosacea, sun damage, and spider veins. An IPL treatment is gentle and effective, with no recovery time required. IPL can be used safely on the face, arms, chest, back, legs, and hands!
PDL, or pulse dye laser, is another good option for reducing red birthmarks. The light of a PDL treatment is absorbed by the hemoglobin in the red cells of the affected blood vessels, thus eliminating unwanted red capillaries. PDL is a safe and effective choice for reduction of red birthmarks, with no downtime necessary.
The Lumenis ResurFX is a laser which can be used for pigmentation problems, including brown birthmarks. It is a non-ablative laser which gently reduces pigmentation, leading to a smoother and more even skin tone. The ResurFX requires only one pass for full results, reducing the amount of time a session takes and protecting the patient’s skin. This laser is very gentle and effective, and requires no downtime.
Contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology for a Birthmark Consultation
If you are suffering from a red or brown birthmark that you would like to reduce or eliminate, don’t hesitate to contact the expert dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology for a consultation. We will discuss your options and come up with a unique treatment plan for your individual concerns. To learn more and to schedule a consultation today, just call (858) 943-2113!
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