Skin blemishes or discolorations that are present at birth, or appear soon after, are most commonly known as ‘birthmarks’. Birthmarks come in all shapes and sizes and are usually red or brown. These blemishes signify an overabundance of superficial blood vessels or pigmented cells.
Brown Birthmarks are areas of unusually high concentrations of melanin in the skin. The most common brown birthmarks are “café au lait spots,” referring to their coffee-like color. These spots pose no medical risk, but many of our patients seek treatment for cosmetic purposes.
Brown Birthmarks are treated with the Alex TriVantage® Laser. Like other lasers, the Alex TriVantage works by producing an intense burst of light that eliminates any over-abundance of melanin without harming the surrounding tissue. Complete removal of brown birthmarks requires roughly one to three treatments.
Another type of brown birthmark is called the congenital pigmented nevi – commonly known as a mole. Like other birthmarks, they can appear on any part of the body. Moles generally start out small and flesh-colored, but can grow and darken over time. It is important to monitor moles shape and size, because new or unusual growth could be a sign of melanoma. Moles are removed with the Ellman®, which uses Radiowave Technology to eliminate 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. Like moles, they can start off flat and lighter in color, and get darker and thicker as a person ages. 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-abundant blood vessels without harming the surrounding tissue. A series of treatments are generally needed for complete removal.
As always, Cosmetic Enhancement Center of New England offers complimentary consultations. If you’d like to come in to learn more about birth mark removal, call our office to schedule an appointment!