If you were born with a birthmark, it could be one of the things about your physical appearance that has defined you, whether you like it or not.  Your birthmark may be an endearing trait to your loved ones, but if you do not like the appearance of your birthmark, there may be a way for you to get rid of it once and for all. Continue reading and we’ll show you what caused your birthmark in the first place, and what we can do to treat it.

What Is a Birthmark and What Causes Them?

Unlike other pigmentation conditions, you were not able to avoid getting your birthmark from staying out of the sun or wearing sunscreen. Birthmarks are also not inherited. Basically, there is no way to prevent birthmarks.

Birthmarks are areas of discoloration on the skin.  They are sometimes textured and present as pigment forming cells of skin and blood vessels are organized during fetal development. They can be seen within the first few weeks and up to 5 years of age and range in size from a few millimeters to large lesions covering a whole body area, and are typically harmless.

Types of Birthmarks

Treatment of birthmarks depends on whether they are red or pigmented.  Red, vascular birthmarks can be easily faded with laser light therapy. They are caused by blood vessels and are classified as hemangiomas, port wine stains, and salmon patches.  A pigmented birthmark is an area of skin that varies in color from the surrounding skin. Common pigmented birthmarks include Congenital Melanocytic nevi, Mongolian Spots, Nevus of Otta, Café-au-lait macules and Nevus Depigmentosus.

Introducing the PicoWay Laser

Depending on the type of birthmark you have, it’s appearance can be lightened and the texture can be smoothed. Laser light therapy works best on birthmarks that are close to the surface of the skin.

The PicoWay Laser is a leading-edge technology which allows us to treat pigmented lesions such as age spots, sun spots, brown spots, freckles, moles, and birthmarks.  PicoWay Laser therapy involves aiming short bursts of laser light at the birthmark to fade the pigmentation of the birthmark, reduce the size of the birthmark, or to stop it from growing.

Dr. Mahmoud Khattab should examine the birthmark to determine the type of birthmark that is present, if it is of concern, or requires treatment.  Elk Grove Medical Spa offers FREE consultations to determine which treatment is best for you so you can be comfortable in your own skin. We’d love to hear from you! Give us a call at 916.245.2665.

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