What is it?
Birthmarks are unique skin discolorations that appear since birth on any part of the body. They often appear at birth, and tend to growth until adulthood, when it stabilizes.
They can be of two types – red (vascular related birthmarks) and brown (pigment related birthmarks). red birthmarks include portwine stains, haemangiomas, salmon patches, etc., that occur as a result of issues with the vascular system (blood vessels). Brown birthmarks include lentigines, café-au-liat macule, naevus of ota, naevus spilus, Becker’s naevus, etc., which occur as a result of pigmentation abnormalities.
Although birthmarks are usually harmless and are removed for aesthetic reasons, rare cases may occur wherein birthmarks could become dangerous, in which case medical attention will be necessary.
How is it done?
Depending on the type and intensity of the birthmark you have, various treatment options can be presented to you. However, the best suited one can only be suggested by the doctor upon consultation as this allows for maximum results and minimum damage. The most common treatment for birthmarks includes light/laser therapy. Upon diagnosis and consultation with the doctor, the appropriate light/laser treatment option will be suggested to you, which can target the birthmark without damaging surrounding skin and tissues.
What are the Pre- and Post-procedure steps for Birthmark removal?
Depending on the type of treatment opted, the steps to follow before and after treatment can vary. It is imperative, however, to follow through with the steps received so as to ensure a smooth treatment session and an effective recovery.