Some birthmarks can now be removed by laser treatment. There are different types of vascular birthmarks each with different prognosis. You should consult your doctor for advice if you wish to seek treatment.
Why should I have my birthmarks treated?
Many people are uncomfortable with unsightly birthmarks. Young children or infants can be treated before they are subject to the psychological and physical blemishes that may be associated with the birthmarks. Sometimes birthmarks may bleed, become infected or interfere with vision, eating or other body activity. Vascular birthmarks tend to enlarges together with body size. The total treatment area is smaller when treated early. It is generally cheaper to treat small lesions.
How safe is the treatment?
The flash lamp pulsed dye laser is able to selectively treat the blood vessels of vascular birthmarks without adversely affecting the surrounding skin tissues. Thus, it will eliminate many lesions while leaving the surrounding skin and skin pigment intact, thus reducing scarring. This treatment is safe to be used on infants as young as a few weeks old.
What does treatment with the flash-lamp pulsed dye laser consist?
Is laser treatment painful?
Most adults tolerate treatment without the need for anesthesia, although the treatment of larger lesions may be less comfortable. Your doctor will prescribe you a topical anesthetic cream which you should apply under occlusion 1 hour before the laser surgery. The cream will help to reduce the pain during laser treatment. Children and particularly infants may have a lower pain threshold and may tolerate the procedure better with the use of sedatives or anesthesia.