Get rid of birthmarks
Birthmarks are skin markings present at birth or develop shortly afterwards. These are splotches on our skin that can appear in a variety of colours, shapes, and sizes. Most birthmarks fall into one of two categories — port-wine-stain birthmarks or coffee-and-cream birthmarks, along with some others.
What are port-wine-stain birthmarks?
The flat red marks are present at birth and do not disappear with time. The disfiguring birthmarks are problems which have the potential to thicken and become more unsightly with ageing. Port-wine-stain birthmarks are vascular birthmarks, caused by a high concentration of blood vessels in a particular area. When found on the forehead, eyelids, or side of the face, these birthmarks are associated with an increased risk of glaucoma and seizures.
What are coffee-and-cream birthmarks?
Coffee-and-cream birthmarks are the patches of skin that have a high concentration of pigmentation. Sometimes, certain types of birthmarks can become a health risk. Some birthmarks do fade or completely disappear with time, however, there are others that never fade or go away.
What are haemangiomas or strawberry birthmarks?
These are flat red birthmarks not present immediately at birth, but appear in the first few weeks of life. The birthmarks often grow and thicken rapidly and in extreme circumstances, ulcerate.
What are spider naevi or spider angioma marks?
These are small red spots. They are caused by the dilation of a small arteriole close to the skin. Fortunately, they respond well to laser treatment.
What are brown birthmarks?
Like vascular (red) birthmarks, some of these are present at birth while others appear with time. The skin-colour producing cell is known as a melanocyte and the brown colour produced is referred to as melanin. Brown birthmarks are caused by a proliferation of melanocyte cells or an increase in melanin production in a specific area.
Which treatments are available?
At Eternesse, the treatment for most birthmarks are subjected to a test treatment to establish responsiveness before proceeding to full laser treatment. In most cases, multiple laser treatments are required.
Due to the high-energy pulsing lasers, birthmarks can now be removed with precision and ease. Birthmark removal offers a solution to people who are self-conscious about their appearance and helps reduce the possibility of health risks associated with certain moles.
During treatment, short bursts of laser light are aimed at the birthmark in order to shrink it, make it less noticeable, and cause it to stop growing. As the laser penetrates the surface of the skin, it lightens the darkened areas. In many coffee-and-cream birthmark cases, laser procedures can eliminate the mark altogether. It usually takes multiple treatments to remove most port wine stains and hemangiomas. The depth of the lesion and its characteristics are the main determinants with respect to the response to treatment.
Which characteristics are required for a birthmark removal treatment?
You should ideally conform to the following
• Mature enough to fully understand the procedure
• Knowledgeable about the procedure
• In good physical and psychological health
• Wanting to improve their appearance and/or comfort
• Realistic in their expectations
• Non-smokers or able to stop smoking during the healing process
• Not using marijuana or anabolic steroids
• Not heavy users of alcohol
One must remember that cosmetic surgery is meant for improvement, not perfection. It is important to have realistic goals and expectations when considering birthmark removal.
How much does birth mark removal cost?
The cost of laser birthmark removal depends on how long it takes to carry out the procedure. This, in turn, depends on the surface area being treated. We suggest you book a consultation and get a clinical assessment of your problem.