There are many people who are born with a birthmark. While many are small and unnoticeable, or unlikely to show outside of clothing, other are dark, embarrassing or can take a more prominent appearance. For these reasons, a lot of people these days visit us for safe and effective birthmark removal.
To understand which type of birthmark one has a fair knowledge of the two main categories of birthmarks should be known. The first is vascular birthmark and the second is pigmented.
Abnormal vascular lesions or birthmarks like Port Wine Stain and Hemangiomas are treated with the pulse dye laser which produces a beam of yellow light that passes harmlessly through the translucent layer of the skin and specifically heats the red blood vessels causing the lesion. Because the beam is emitted in short pulses, the heat produced in the blood diffuses without damaging the surrounding tissue. After the heated blood congeals, the vessels atrophy. Thus, the laser removes or dramatically fades the marks with virtually no scarring.
The key to successful treatment is removing the birth marks as soon as possible. In infants, the marks are often lighter and less expensive therefore requiring fewer treatments. Typically 6-10 session treatment at interval of several months is required to reduce the birth mark. It is also preferable to treat patients at an early stage because the child is spared the physiological trauma and complication of growing up with birth marks.
Tattoo removal has been performed with various tools during the history of tattooing. While tattoos are considered permanent, it is sometimes possible to remove them with treatments, fully or partially. The expense and pain of removing tattoos will typically be greater than the expense and pain of applying them. Some jurisdictions will pay for the voluntary removal of gang tattoos.
Pigmented birthmarks like Nevus of Ota, Becker’s Nevus, Nevus, Hairy Nevus, Cafe Au Lait etc. are usually present at birth and slowly increase in size in proportion to the individual. Flat birth marks Nevus of Ota, becker’s nevus,Cafe Au Lait etc. are occasionally treated, with good results with the use of our Accolade or Yag laser. The laser light is absorbed selectively by birthmark’s particles and melanin. The laser energy is converted to heat and causes the mechanical destruction of the particles by the photoacoustic shock wave; the result is fragmentation of the target chromospheres.
For more information on birthmark treatment and birthmark removal, call or come in for a consultation today at Poison.