Skin blemishes or discolorations that are present at birth or appear soon after are most commonly known as ‘birthmarks’. They come in all shapes and sizes, are usually red or brown and signify an overabundance of superficial blood vessels or pigmented cells. Treatment depends on the type of lesion.
Brown Birthmarks are simply areas of unusually high concentrations pigmentation or melanin in the skin. The most common brown birthmarks are café au lait spots, referring to their coffee with cream color. Although there is no medical reason to remove these spots many people do remove them for cosmetic reasons.
Brown Birthmarks are treated with the Alex TriVantage® Laser. Like other lasers the Alex TriVantage® laser works by producing an intense burst of light that allows the selective destruction of the over- abundance of melanin without harming the surrounding tissue. Complete removal generally take anywhere from 1-3 treatments
Another kind of brown birthmark is congenital pigmented nevi, also known as a mole. Like other birthmarks, they can appear on any part of the body. A congenital pigmented nevigenerally starts out small and light colored, but can grow and darken. When this occurs it is important to monitor these moles, because a growing, changing mole could be a sign of cancer.
Moles are removed with the Ellman® device which uses Radiowave Technology to remove lesions with minimal discomfort and a shorter healing time than traditional surgical removal.
Portwine Stains are vascular birthmarks where swollen blood vessels form a reddish-purplish discoloration in the skin. They are most commonly seen on the face, arms and legs, starting off flat and lighter in color, getting darker and possible thicker as a person ages. Like brown birthmarks, there is no medical need to remove a port wine stain, but many people with them will seek removal for cosmetic reasons.
Port wine stains are treated with the VBeam or Pulsed Dye laser. The VBeam works by producing an intense burst of light that allows the selective destruction of the over- abundance of blood vessels without harming the surrounding tissue. A series of treatments are generally needed for complete removal.