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Is It Possible To Remove Birthmarks?

Misconceptions surrounding the existence of birthmarks mostly involve things the woman did during her pregnancy, including what food she ate.  Scientists, however, attribute the presence of birthmarks to several factors, one of which is genetic make-up. Some babies are born without them, while others exhibit these marks a month or two after birth. On occasion, birthmarks appear as a result of genetic mutation.

Most people agree that these marks can be unsightly, although there is a small number who wear them with pride. The decision to stick with a birthmark or have it removed is a personal one. One factor which influences that decision is the question of whether or not a particular birthmark is harmful or harmless. Let’s take a closer look at the subject.

How Do Doctors Categorise Birthmarks?

Birthmarks fall into two broad groups:

  1. The vascular type
  2. The pigmented kind

The first group means that blood vessels are affected in clumps, and they show in almost half of the newborn population. Salmon patches found in the eye area are the benign type. Hemangiomas are those that start small, grow with time, but disappear by adolescence. Port-wine stains are everywhere in the body and persist until treated medically.

In contrast, pigmented birthmarks are due, as the name suggests, to pigmentation issues. The common types are moles, café au lait spots and Mongolian blue spots. Moles are mostly round and are found everywhere on the face or body. Café au lait spots resemble coffee with milk patterns and disappear eventually in adulthood. Meanwhile, Mongolian spots tend to be present in dark-skinned folk but fade early, sometimes by the age of four.

Can Birthmarks Be Removed?

Cutting-edge advances in health and medical technology have led to astounding breakthroughs in medical operations and procedures, with the result that many treatments and non-surgical procedures are available to correct aesthetic skin flaws.

The removal of birthmarks is no different from many of the other skin procedures carried out regularly. Some people choose to have them removed because of how they look, others because they are worried that they pose a medical risk. Here are some of the most popular procedures for the removal of birthmarks.

Corticosteroid And Beta-blocker Therapy

Steroids are non-invasive treatment options for removing infantile hemangiomas. Though this method has been used for a long time, it does have potential adverse effects that must be monitored. This anti-inflammatory therapy for birthmark removal has been successful, with an added advantage of minimal side effects for intralesional injections, unlike the oral route.

Propranolol, a hypotensive medication that is classed as a beta-blocker, has been used to treat infantile hemangiomas. Its primary function is to limit the size of the hemangioma by targeting its blood vessels and adjusting the blood flow. As with any other drug use, adverse reactions need to be monitored.

Laser Therapy

This technique is pretty much known the world over. For particular types of birthmarks, such as port-wine stains, laser therapy lightens the mark and makes it less visible.

Laser therapy should start from infancy since it needs continuous sessions to work. This treatment provides a permanent solution to the problem.

Surgical Procedure

For very deep hemangiomas, surgery may be the best choice since some marks run deep and cause damage to the surrounding tissue. The procedure is relatively quick, though in cases of large removals, several appointments may be required.

Conclusion

Knowledge is power, so if you want to know what you can do about a birthmark, you need to know a little bit about the subject. Understanding the different types will help you decide if it’s better to leave it alone or get it removed, while being aware of the different procedures will also help you reach a conclusion.

Vinci Aesthetics offers various treatments aimed at correcting skin blemishes. Whether it’s restoring skin tone or eliminating wrinkles, we are here to help. We offer a free consultation to give you the chance to assess our treatment options. Get in touch and book yours today!

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