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Birth Mark Laser Treatment
It has been told that birth marks are permanent and it cannot be cured, but with Laser treatment in Ultra Medic Laser Skin Studio, is currently the treatment of choice for improving the color of a port wine stain.
Laser treatment; with a pulsed dye laseralso help reduce the risk of a ‘cobblestone’ effect that can develop in adulthood. When laser treatment is carried out at a specialist centre, which is experienced in dealing with vascular birthmarks in children, the results can be excellent and the side effects minimal.
TYPES OF BIRTHMARKS
Salmon Patches (Also Called ‘Stork Bites,’ ‘Angel Kisses’ and ‘Macular Stains’)
Salmon patches are thin, flat, light pink or red birthmarks. Typically, they appear on the back of the neck, the upper lip, between the eyebrows and on the upper eyelid. Their red appearance is caused by an abnormal grouping of tiny micro-blood-vessels (capillaries), occurring near the skin’s surface.
Congenital Moles (Nevi)
Congenital moles are usually brown and can grow anywhere on the body. They vary in size and shape.
Café-au-lait spots are smooth, round birthmarks, and range in color from light brown to chocolate. They usually are found on the upper body, buttocks and legs.
Mongolian spots are blue or blue-gray birthmarks that occur when melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) that usually cover the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) are trapped in the deeper layers of the dermis where they deposit their melanin. They are often uneven in shape and usually occur on the lower back and buttocks.
Hemangiomas are raised, rough, blue, red, or purple birthmarks made of clumps of tangled micro-blood vessels that did not grow normally. Hemangiomas in the skin may appear anywhere on the body in many shapes, sizes and thicknesses, and can also occur deeper in the body affecting internal organs. They are most commonly found on the face, scalp, back and chest. They usually disappear by the age of nine. Some slight discoloration or acne-like pockmarks may remain at the site of the lesion. Some hemangiomas are quite thick, penetrating more deeply into the skin, and often appear like raised spongy masses filled with blood. While most of these lesions will disappear on their own, some may remain throughout life.
Port-wine stains are typically dark red-purple. They’re made of a tangle of micro-blood-vessels near the surface of the skin, which did not grow normally. They range in size from a small coin to covering a large area of the body and are usually flat and smooth.
The first stage in the treatment process is usually a ‘test patch’, which shows how well your birthmark responds to the laser. Most of you should gofor the test patch, but if the port wine stain is very small, it might not be needed.The test patch involves having a few laser ‘dots’ at a much lower laser energy on a normal area of skin and a few on the birthmark itself. The ‘dots’ at a higher laser energy can be uncomfortable (children have told us that it feels like being flicked with a rubber band) so the area of skin being tested is usually numbed first using local anesthetic cream. Some laser machines have a cooling jet of spray or a cool air blower before each ‘dot’. The treated area will be covered with a cold dressing afterwards to make it more comfortable.
After the patch testwe can start to have regular treatment sessions. These involve many more ‘dots’ than the test patch, so you can have the laser treatment under a general anesthetic. You can also choose local anesthetic treatment if the size of port wine stain, its location on the body and the number of ‘dots’ planned makes this practical.
After the treatment you will be able to go home immediately afterwards if you have done that by local anesthesia. Butif you have gone for general anesthetic, then you will need to stay for a few hours afterwards until they have woken up completely and eaten some food.
Your skin will look bruised and sore after each laser treatment. But you will need to be looked after carefully for two to three weeks after each appointment. You will also need to wear a high factor sunblock for the whole course of the treatment, as sunlight can darken birthmarks making them harder to treat.
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