Birthmark Treatment

Birthmark Treatment

Birthmark Treatment

Fast Facts

Specialist Birthmark Clinic (Perth)

Birthmark's Treated   Port Wine Stain (PWS), red birthmark, vascular birthmark, brown birthmark, Cafe au Lait spot

Areas Treated   All areas: Face, neck, chest, buttocks, arms, legs

Down Time   0 - 5 days

Results Duration   Permanent. A course of treatments are usually needed.

What is a birthmark?

Birthmarks are blemishes on the skin that are present at birth, or shortly afterwards. They can be vascular or pigmented, and many of them respond very well to modern laser treatments.

Vascular Birthmarks

A Port Wine Stain, or red birthmark, is the most common form of vascular birthmark in which swollen blood vessels create a reddish-purplish discolouration of the skin. Port Wine Stains will often thicken and darken with time. In our Perth clinic they are treated with Nd:Yag Laser and IPL, which gradually shrink the blood vessels. Treatment of red birthmarks with laser is a simple procedure. You will feel a small sting as the Doctor moves the laser over the skin. After treatment, you can expect mild swelling and bruising, and occasionally some blistering. The birthmark will then fade over the next 4 - 6 weeks. Multiple treatments will be needed to achieve the best result. 

  

Individual results may vary

Pigmented Birthmark

Cafe au Lait birthmarks are light tan or light brown spots that are usually oval in shape and can occur anywhere on the body. Nevus of Ota are blue or grey birthmarks that are commonly seen on Asian cheeks. In our Perth clinic, we treat pigmented birthmarks with the Revlite Q-Switched Nd:YAG Laser. During the treatment the laser is moved over the skin, each pulse feeling like the flick of an elastic band. After treatment the birthmark will darken in colour, before drying and flaking off over the next week or two, leaving a lighter spot behind. Further treatments can be done after 6 weeks and will continue to fade the birthmark. Sunscreen and sun protection are important after treatment to prevent re-pigmentation. Prescribed pigment fading creams may also be used. 

  

Individual results may vary

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