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Birthmark Removal Clinic Cambridge

Birthmark Removal Clinic

We treat all types of birthmarks at our Cambridge Clinic. Although they are normally not harmful, we understand that many people feel self-conscious about the appearance of their birthmarks, particularly if they are large or appear somewhere noticeable, such as the face. If you have a birthmark which you are concerned about, then you are in the right place. Our team of Dermatologists are highly experienced at reducing the appearance of birthmarks, using state of the art equipment and methods.

How can we reduce birthmarks at the Cambridge Clinic?

We have many treatment options available to fade or remove your birthmark. Your Dermatologist can use laser and IPL treatments to reduce the colour and size of your mark. They can also use cosmetic camouflage to help the birthmark blend in better with the surrounding areas of skin.

The treatment you receive will depend on the location and size of your birthmark. Although it’s not always possible to remove a birthmark completely, we will achieve the best possible result for you.

Most birthmarks are completely healthy, but in some cases, they may need to be further investigated to ensure they are safe to treat. Your Skin Doctor at the Cambridge Clinic will be able to examine your birthmark and advise you on this, during your initial consultation.

What types of birthmarks do we treat?

We can help with all types of birthmarks. There are many different forms and it can be confusing to work out whether it is in fact a birthmark, particularly on babies and young children, when you’ve only just noticed it. We can help put your mind at ease and assess whether it is a birthmark or something else which needs treating. To help give you an idea, the 2 main types of birthmarks are vascular and pigmented, but they come in several different forms.

Vascular Birthmarks

These are normally a red colour and occur due to the blood vessels under the skin being too thin or wide, or there being too many.

  • Macular stains (also referred to as salmon patches) are the most common and come in the form of pale red patches, normally on the eyelids, back of the neck and forehead. These are harmless and not very noticeable, but we are able to help reduce them, if they are something which concerns you.
  • Infantile haemangiomas (also referred to as strawberry naevi) which appear as bright red raised patches on the skin. This can normally be treated very successfully with laser treatment.
  • Port wine stains are pink, red, or purple in colour and normally grow as the body develops. They can also darken and become thicker as a person reaches adulthood. They vary in size but will not fade without treatment. They can also be related to glaucoma and seizures if they are located on the face, so it’s best to have them removed. Laser treatment is a very effective treatment for destroying the blood vessels underneath the mark, without causing any damage to the surrounding areas.
  • Nevus of Ota are blue/ black in colour and normally occur around the eyes or forehead. They can cause eye disorders so it’s best to get these removed. They can occur at birth or start to develop during puberty. At the Cambridge Clinic, we use cosmetic camouflage and laser treatment, which are very effective for dramatically reducing the appearance of these marks.

Pigmented Birthmarks

These are normally brown and occur dur to excess pigment (Melanin) in the skin. They differ in the way they look – here are some of the types we treat at the Cambridge Clinic:

  • Mongolian spots are blue/black in colour so can often be mistaken for bruises, and normally appear on darker skinned individuals. They often occur on the buttocks/ lower back and disappear on their own within a few years, but they can remain for longer. We can help to reduce and treat them, here at the Cambridge Clinic.
  • Café au lait spots are light to dark brown marks, which can appear anywhere on the body. They come in varying sizes but can multiply as a child grows older. If your child has 6 or more before they are 5 years old, this requires further investigating and should be examined by one of our Dermatologists.
  • Moles are very common and often harmless. They are caused by excess pigment in the skin. However, if you have a very large mole, it increases your chances of developing Melanoma (skin cancer) and should be assessed by one of our Dermatologists. We can help to remove it or advise you on how to care for it, to reduce your risk of Melanoma.

What will happen during my consultation?

When you book an appointment with a Dermatologist at our Cambridge Clinic, they will first examine your birthmark and confirm that this is the correct diagnosis. They can look closely at it, to assess its type and decide whether this could be harmful to you in any way. They may refer you for further tests in some cases, so they can make sure your birthmark is safe to treat.

They may also ask you if you have noticed any changes to your birthmark over time. They will also discuss your desired outcome, whether you are concerned over the appearance of your birthmark or if you simply want to check it is healthy. Either way, your Dermatologist will ensure that your skin is assessed thoroughly so that we can get you the best outcome possible.

They will also talk to you about the best way to look after your birthmark, such as avoiding sun exposure and explaining any risks associated with your birthmark, as well as any changes to look out for.

They will discuss the treatment options available for reducing the appearance of your birthmark, if that’s something you’re interested in. They will explain the way it might look after treatment as well as manage your expectations, as it’s not always possible to make a birthmark disappear entirely. They will also explain how many treatments you may need, as several sessions might be advised.

You will be able to ask any questions you have about the treatment options or about your birthmark and any associated risks.

Which treatment is right for my birthmark?

Every birthmark is different and finding the right treatment is important. Your Dermatologist at the Cambridge Clinic will be able to assess which treatment is best, depending on the type, size, and location of your birthmark. They will also consider your skin tone, as this is an important factor when deciding which treatment will work best for your desired results.

They will discuss what you would like to get out of your treatment and whether cosmetic appearance is the driving factor for you, or if ensuring your birthmark is healthy is your main concern. This will also affect the treatment plan that they recommend for you.

Our priority is always your happiness and health. We aim to significantly reduce the appearance of your birthmark, in the safest way possible.

For any more information on how we care for birthmarks or the treatment options available, please do reach out to our team and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have.