Birthmark Removal

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Birthmarks are skin markings that are present at birth or develop shortly afterward. Most birthmarks fall into one of two categories: port-wine stain birthmarks and coffee-and-cream birthmarks. Port-wine stains are vascular birthmarks, caused by a high concentration of blood vessels in a particular area. When found on the forehead, eyelids, or side of the face, these birthmarks are associated with an increased risk of glaucoma and seizures. Coffee-and-cream birthmarks are simply patches of skin that have a high concentration of pigmentation.

Until the 1990s, doctors didn't have the technology necessary to effectively remove birthmarks. Due to the introduction of high-energy pulsing lasers, birthmarks can now be removed with precision and ease. An added benefit of these laser treatments is that they are nearly pain-free. So, if you have birthmarks that you find unattractive or irritating, you may now be able to have them removed.

If you're considering laser treatments for birthmark removal, the following information will provide you with a good introduction to the options available. For more detailed information about how this procedure may help you, we recommend that you consult a facial surgeon who is board certified or has completed a residency program that includes instruction in this procedure.


*The national average cost of skin procedures treatments is $1,423.

*Cosmetic minimally-invasive procedures decreases almost 9 percent, with nearly 8 million procedures in 2010.

Among the different types of Birthmark Removal, most of them required a nonsurgical cosmetic treatments .









  1. What some of the most common benefits of birthmark removal?
  2. How are the treatments performed?
  3. How long do the treatments take?
  4. Where is the treatments performed?
  5. How much pain is there?
  6. What can I expect afterward?
  7. Ideal candidate:
  8. Other important information:
  9. Risks:


What some of the most common benefits of birthmark removal?

Often, birthmarks can attract unwanted attention, particularly when they are on exposed areas of the skin such as the face and/or the arms. Facial port-wine stains can be especially problematic for children who may be alienated due to these pronounced and unusual markings. For both adults and children, removal can boost social confidence. The use of high-energy pulse lasers on birthmarks can quickly and effectively eliminate these unwanted markings.

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How are the treatments performed?

The lasers that are used in birthmark removal treatments work by lightening specific areas of the skin in order to even out skin tone and make the birthmark less noticeable. As the laser penetrates the surface of the skin, it lightens the darkened areas. In many coffee-and-cream birthmark cases, laser procedures can eliminate the mark altogether.

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How long do the treatments take?

Depending on the size and extent of a patient's particular birthmark, laser treatment can take anywhere from several minutes to an hour. Treatments of port-wine birthmarks may require multiple procedures spaced several months apart.

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Where is the treatment performed?

Laser treatment for birthmarks is performed on an outpatient bases. The procedure is usually performed in a surgical suite or office, and patients can leave the same day.

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How much pain is there?

There is relatively little pain associated with laser removal of birthmarks. Most adults can undergo treatment without the use of anesthesia. However, an anesthetic of some kind may be required for younger children. Most people report little or no discomfort during the procedure.

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What can I expect afterward?

Very little healing time is needed after a laser birthmark removal. There may be very mild bruising or pain in the first few days following the procedure. However, both should resolve within a week or so.

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Ideal Candidate:

In general, the best candidates for laser birthmark removal are:

  • Mature enough to fully understand the procedure
  •  Knowledgeable about the procedure
  •  In good physical and psychological health
  • Wanting to improve their appearance and/or comfort
  • Realistic in their expectations
  • Non-smokers or able to stop smoking during the healing process
  • Not using marijuana or anabolic steroids
  • Not heavy users of alcohol

The above is only a partial list of the criteria that your surgeon will consider in determining whether or notthis procedure is appropriate for you. Be sure to ask your surgeon if he / she considers you an ideal candidate for this surgery.

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Other important information about birthmark removal:

It should be noted that laser removal of birthmarks does not guarantee permanent results. The laser targets pigmentation toward the surface of the skin. Sometimes, individuals have pigmentation so deep in the skin that the laser does not reach it all. These areas can, with time, rise to the skin's surface and cause the birthmark to recur. However, laser treatment can be performed again to eliminate the new coloration.

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There are several risks associated with any laser treatment, but most are very rare. Unexpected deepening or lightening of skin coloration can occur. The skin can also become patchy, with areas of darkened skin surrounded by spots of lighter pigmentation. Such side effects are uncommon and easily treated with a secondary corrective procedure. Also, minor bruising, bleeding and scabbing is can occur, but, is not common.

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The information on this web site is only intended as an introduction to this procedure and should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor as a guarantee of the result. The best method of determining your options is to consult qualified surgeons who are able to answer specific questions related to your situation.

*Disclaimer: Source: According to the  American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), nationally in 2010. Most surgeons offer convenient payments plans for this procedure. Cost does not include anesthesia, operating room facility, hospital stay, and other related expenses. Costs may vary depending the extensiveness of the procedure, location, and other factors. Costs are provided solely for research purposes. For specific estimates, please contact a qualified plastic surgeon. 

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