Which kinds of birthmarks can be treated with lasers?

The term “birthmarks” is used to refer to many types of pigmented and vascular lesions (discolorations to the skin).  Some birthmarks are reddish in nature.  These are vascular birthmarks, meaning that there is a blood supply or capillary network that gives them their reddish appearance.  The other form of birthmarks are considered pigmented – meaning that they are darker in color because the skin has a higher concentration of melanocytes (cells that hold color/pigment).  Almost all birthmarks are treatable with class IV medical lasers unless they are atypical (out of the ordinary) such as those that are very large and/or with hair and should be evaluated by a dermatologist.

 

Although responsive to laser treatments, most birthmarks require numerous laser treatments for optimal results.  The expectation should be improvement or fading rather than complete resolution although complete resolution may be an outcome for some.  The majority of these birthmark conditions are benign without cause for concern.  Class IV medical lasers represent an excellent treatment option for all skin types.

 

Pigmented (Brown) Birthmarks:

 

*Café-au-lait

These appear as macular (flat/non-raised) areas that are light to dark brown.  They usually are not associated with any underlying condition.  These lesions appear as thin, superficial lesions and may appear anywhere on the body.

 

Cafe-au-lait Los Angeles Birthmark Removal Laser before photo Cafe-au-lait Los Angeles Birthmark Removal Laser after photo 

Celibre Medical Laser Birth Mark removal patient. 

 

*Becker’s Nevi

These types of pigmented birthmarks are darker in color than Café au laits.  The are generally found unilaterally extending down the chest wall, arm, and shoulder.  A close inspection and history should be performed before proceeding with laser treatments.

 

becker's nevi birthmark

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Vascular (Red) Birthmarks:

There are several vascular birthmarks that fall into this broad category without necessarily being present at birth.

*Cherry Hemangiomas

These are very small, circular red, raised papules.  They usually become noticeable around middle age and begin on the trunk of the body but may extend to the extremities as well.  The red color usually disappears when pressure is applied.  These are very treatable with lasers.

 

los angeles cherry hemangioma before and after laser treatmentslos angeles cherry hemangioma before and after laser treatments

*Spider Angiomas

These are similar to cherry hemangiomas but have a spidery look to the lesions.

 

spider hamengioma birthmark
 

*Port Wine Stains

These lesions are very vascular in nature and respond well to pulsed dye laser treatments.  However, numerous treatments are usually required.

port wine birthmark removal los angeles laser before photo port wine birthmark removal los angeles laser after photo  

Celibre Medical Laser Birth Mark removal patient.

 

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How do I know if I am a good candidate for laser birthmark removal?

Birthmarks come in many shapes, sizes, colors, and may not appear until well after birth. They also come with a variety of names to distinguish which type of birthmark they are - cafe-au-lait, nevus of ota, etc.

For those birthmarks that are brown or darker in color (versus red/purple as found in vascular birthmarks), laser birthmark removal is an option.  Most practitioners agree that the gold standard medical laser for pigmented birthmark removal is a Q-Switched laser.  These lasers offer the best chance for improvement or resolution of the birthmark.

Los Angeles laser birthmark removal treatments by Celibre Medical, www.celibre.com/birthmarks.aspx.  

Schedule a FREE Los Angeles laser birthmark treatment consultation, www.celibre.com/contactlist.aspx.

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Laser birthmark removal by Celibre Medical, Los Angeles and Orange County, California. 

Before and after pictures for Los Angeles birthmark removal laser treatment patients at www.celibre.com/birthmarksba.aspx.  

There are several types of birthmarks that may not be appropriate for laser treatments or require an evaluation by a dermatologist prior to seeking treatment. Apart from these situations, lasers offer a good option for the treatment of pigmented birthmarks.

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Can a Port Wine Stain be treated with lasers?

Port Wine Stain is a term to describe a vascular birthmark.  These birthmarks are red/purple in color because of the concentration of blood vessels near the surface of the skin that make up the birthmark.  Because these blood vessels are superficial and are not needed, an effective treatment for the fading or resolution of port wine stain birthmarks is to close the superficial blood vessels using class IV medical lasers.  For example, pulsed dye lasers are very precise in targeting the hemoglobin found in the blood vessels of port wine stain birthmarks.  The thermal/heating effect causes the small capillaries to close altogether or diminish from view.  Port Wine Stain birthmarks are challenging to treat and may require up to 10 or 12 treatments; however, the use of Class IV medical lasers (pulsed dye lasers) is considered the "gold standard" for safe, effective treatment.

Los Angeles port wine stain removal program by Celibre Medical, www.celibre.com/vasc.aspx

Schedule a free consultation for port wine stain treatments in Los Angeles - www.celibre.com/contactlist.aspx.

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Port wine stain removal Los Angeles by Celibre Medical. 

Los Angeles Port wine stain removal by Celibre Medical before and after pictures, www.celibre.com/vascba.aspx.

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Does Laser Birthmark Removal work?

Laser birthmark removal can be effective if the correct technology (laser) is utilized.  Birthmarks come in various shapes, sizes, location, and pigmentation (color).  It is because of these factors that there is some unpredictability in the outcomes for laser birthmark treatment.  We believe in setting realistic expectations from the consultation and throughout the treatment plan.  Although most patients are satisifed with the expectation of moderate to significant fading, many of the birthmarks we treat resolve completely.  But, even with complete resolution, these lesions have the ability to return in the future, especially in the case of heavy and repeated sun exposure.  We typically set the expectation that pigmented birthmarks (cafe-au-lait etc.) can be resolved in 3-6 treatments and vascular birthmarks (port wine stains) will take more, usually 8-12 treatments.

Schedule a FREE consultation with Celibre Medical, Los Angeles birthmark removal with lasers, www.celibre.com/contactlist.aspx.

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Los Angeles Birthmark Removal. Laser Birthmark Removal. 

To see of laser birthmark removal before and after photos, please visit http://www.celibre.com/Birthmarksba.aspx and http://www.celibre.com/vascba.aspx.

The correct laser for treating birthmarks is crucial.  For brown pigmented birthmarks, the Q-Switched lasers are proven to be the most effective.  We currently have two different Q-Switched YAG lasers that have been provide excellent outcomes for cafe au lait birthmarks.  These lasers are safe for all skin types.  For red-based birthmarks that have a vascular component, we use the pulsed dye laser.  For more information on Celibre lasers and their uses, please go to http://www.celibre.com/equipment.aspx

There are a few categories of birthmarks that need to be addressed by a dermatologist or general/plastic surgeon for evaluation before lasers are considered.  However, the majority of benign cosmetic birthmarks are very treatable with class IV medical lasers.  When doing your research, find a practitioner that has experience in laser birthmark removal, has the appropriate laser for the type of birthmark you have, is knowledgeable about your skin type, and will provide realistic, honest expectations.

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