Birthmarks are benign irregularities on the skin that usually appear at birth or shortly after. Since birthmarks vary in size, location, appearance, and origin, their treatments also vary. Specifically, treatments of birthmarks vary by the type of birthmarks: pigmented birthmarks and vascular birthmarks.
Treatments for Pigmented Birthmarks
Birthmarks governed by pigment, or hyperpigmentation, can often be treated with fractional lasers or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) treatments. Several treatments may be necessary. Depending on the body location of the birthmark, social downtime may be needed because these treatments can cause swelling, peeling, and flaking of the skin.
Treatments for Vascular Birthmarks
Vascular birthmarks are caused by blood vessels that do not form correctly. These birth marks can be treated with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light). Depending on the body location of the birthmark, social downtime may be needed after the treatment because these treatments can cause bruising in the treated area.