Birthmark Removal

Birthmark Removal
Birthmark Removal

How to Remove a Birthmark

While it isn’t medically necessary to treat most birthmarks, if you have a prominent birthmark that makes you feel less confident, you may be wondering how to remove it. Some birthmarks will fade on their own, and others will require treatment options like:

  • laser therapy
  • certain medication
  • surgery
  • Procedure for treatments

    Laser therapy
  • Laser therapy can help lighten red birthmarks like port wine birthmarks.
  • The laser light converts to heat, which shrinks or eliminates blood vessels, making birthmarks less noticeable.
  • Laser therapy is most effective when used from infancy, but it can also be used on children and adults.
  • A small 1995 study and a 1991 research reviewTrusted Source showed that in some cases, lasers can fully get rid of birthmarks, especially café au lait marks or congenital vascular birthmarks.
  • Surgery or shaving
  • Birthmark surgery is typically done in an office setting with local anesthesia. If the birthmark area is very large, it may be done under general anesthesia in a surgery setting.
  • A small scalpel is used to remove the birthmark.
  • Medication
  • In some cases, doctors may prescribe beta-blockers, which are typically used for high blood pressure.
  • They shrink blood vessels and reduce blood flow to an area, making certain birthmarks, such as hemangiomas of infancy, less noticeable.
  • Corticosteroids also shrink blood vessels and can minimize hemangiomas of infancy.
  • These treatments are only effective during the birthmark’s proliferative phase, when it grows, which ends when someone is about 1 year old.
  • After that, they typically begin to disappear on their own. Any remnants can be removed surgically or with laser therapy.
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