Have you been living with a mark or pigmentation that has always made you feel embarrassed or self-conscious? Freckles, birthmarks, and port wine stains are harmless pigmentations that typically occur at birth, but depending on the shape, size, and location, these marks can detract from one’s appearance or draw unwanted attention. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our board-certified dermatologists offer a number of treatment options to successfully get rid of dermal and epidermal pigmentations.
To learn more about reducing the appearance of unwanted pigmentation, please do not hesitate to schedule a consultation with the skilled dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology. Our team is specially trained to treat a wide range of cosmetic and medical skin concerns, including pigmentation, and can design an appropriate treatment plan for each and every patient’s unique needs.
Types of Birthmarks and Pigmentation
Birthmarks are benign irregularities on the skin that can appear anywhere on the body. These marks are divided into two groups based on how they are formed.
Vascular (blood vessel) marks develop when blood vessels near the surface of the skin do not form correctly, creating an overgrowth of cells. The most common type of vascular pigmentations include:
- Macular Stains – Faint red marks that are also known as salmon patches, stork bites, or angel kisses. These appear more frequently on the eyelids, forehead, neck, nose, back of the head or upper lip.
- Hemangiomas – Superficial or deep pigmentation that may appear as a red mark (strawberry mark) or a bluish mark if the blood vessels are located deeper in the skin tissue.
- Port Wine Stains – Reddish or brown discolorations that look like wine has been spilled on the skin. These marks most often appear on the face, neck, arms, and legs.
- Pigmented Marks – Formed by an overproduction of pigmentation in the skin at birth or due to hormonal fluctuations, such as pregnancy. These marks are often tan, brown, or black.
- Café au Lait Spots – Light tan colored pigmentations on the surface of the skin that look as though coffee with milk has been spilled on the skin.
- Moles – Also known as nevi or nevus, moles are a general term for a tan, brown, or black discoloration on the skin that may be present at birth or develop later in life. It is important to monitor moles for any changes in size, color, texture, and sensation to determine whether or not they have become cancerous.
Depending on your form of vascular pigmentation and specific skin type, your best treatments may vary. However, the insight of a skilled dermatologist will help you better understand how to treat these conditions for the best looking and longest lasting results possible.
Learn more about abnormal pigmentation at WebMD.com.
Treatments for Unwanted Pigmentation
There are many types of birthmark and pigmentation treatments available on the market for removing unwanted marks on the skin, but it is crucial to consult with a board-certified dermatologist to avoid any negative side effects or adverse reactions.
At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our patients’ safety is our top priority. We provide only the safest and most advanced laser skin treatments for reducing or getting rid of unwanted pigmentations. These treatments include:
- Active FX/Deep FX
- UltraPulse CO2
- Cynosure Elite
To learn more about our range of laser treatments and their nuanced post-therapy plans, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
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To learn more about how the dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology can help you get rid of unwanted pigmentation, get in touch with us today by contacting us online or by calling 858.771.9636.
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