Birthmarks are skin markings that are present at birth or develop shortly afterward. These are splotches on our skin that can appear in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes. Most birthmarks fall into one of two categories: port-wine stain birthmarks or 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. In some cases, certain types of birthmarks can become a health risk. Some birthmarks do fade or completely disappear over time, however, there are others that will never fade or go away.Until the 1990s, doctors didn’t have the technology required to effectively remove birthmarks.
Due to the introduction of high-energy pulsing lasers, birthmarks can now be removed with precision and ease. Birthmark removal offers a solution to people who are self-conscious about their appearance and even help reduce the possibility of health risks associated with certain moles.