It is very common for a person to have a pigmented mark on their body that has been present since birth, with these varying significantly in size and depth. Recognising that these marks can cause embarrassment and distress, our clinic offers birthmark removal services.
There are a variety of birthmarks, some of which are responsive to treatment with either laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy. The two main categories of birthmarks are vascular and pigmented in origin, with a small number associated with more serious medical conditions, requiring investigation. An initial consultation with a dermatologist is required to determine the type of birthmark you have, at which time treatment options can be discussed. At our London-based clinic, our team of accredited specialists will discuss your needs and find the best treatment option for you.
Vascular birthmarks are red marks which are caused by a malformation of blood vessels - they appear when the blood vessels beneath the skin are either too wide or too numerous. There are several types of vascular birthmark which present different visual characteristics.
Macular stains are pale red marks which typically fade during early childhood, although they can remain into adulthood. These are most commonly found on the back of the neck, eyelids and forehead. Since these birthmarks are harmless with a faint appearance they usually require no treatment.
Hemangiomas can be present above or below the skin’s surface. Superficial hemangiomas usually appear as raised marks on the skin which are bright red, while deep hemangiomas may be more bluish in colour. Laser birthmark removal can be effective for treating hemangiomas.
Port wine stains usually appear on the extremities, neck or face and are have a red or purplish colour. These stains can start off large or small and tend to grow as the body develops. In adulthood, they can also darken, thicken and become bumpy in texture. These birthmarks will not fade without treatment and are sometimes associated with glaucoma and/or seizures when located on the face. Laser birthmark removal is considered to be the most effective treatment for port wine stains because it can destroy the blood vessels with minimal damage to the surrounding skin.
Nevus of Ota have a blue-black colour and, like port wine stains, are sometimes associated with eye disorders. These stains are usually present from birth but can develop during puberty. People of Asian descent are more likely to bear these birthmarks. Laser treatment can remove or dramatically reduce the colouration of these marks.
Pigmented birthmarks are caused by an excess of the pigment melanin. There are different types which manifest with different marks.
Mongolian spots are blue-black spots that usually appear on darker skinned children of African, Asian, Hispanic, American Indian or Southern European descent. They occur on the lower back and buttocks and usually disappear spontaneously within four years, although they can persist.
Café au lait spots are light- to dark-brown marks that can appear on any part of the body. These marks can multiply with age and vary in size. Having six or more of these spots larger than 15mm can be a sign of a more serious medical condition and should be assessed by a dermatologist.
Moles can be present from birth (congenital nevus), or they can occur later in a person’s life. They can be brown or black and sometimes have hair growing from them. Very large congenital nevus can be a risk factor for developing melanoma later in life and should be regularly monitored by a doctor.
Many people can benefit from treatment to remove or lighten a birthmark. The best removal method to use will depend on the type, size and location of the mark, among other factors.
Our dermatology clinic will evaluate your birthmark and provide you with clear treatment options. We offer the latest inlaser and IPL treatments for birthmark removal and lightening. These are specially chosen to perform well even with Asian skin which is highly sensitive to heat, reducing any risks of hyper-pigmentation. All our accredited specialists are registered with the General Medical Council or with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, ready to provide you with the highest quality of care.
Please contact our clinic on +44 (020)7 467 3720 to discuss your needs with a member of our team or to make an appointment. Alternatively, please email us on [email protected] and we will respond to your request as soon as possible.
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