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Birthmark skin disorders for some people, can cause them considerable difficulties and leave them distressed and self-conscious. For some people this can fuel anxiety, depression and other emotional and psychological problems. Self-esteem and quality of life may also suffer. But there are now effective treatments available to treat birth marks. In cases such as this, one of the best options available is Laser treatment.
WHAT IS A BIRTHMARK?
A birthmark is a colored mark on or under the skin that that’s been there since birth. Birthmarks vary in size and shape, and can be blue, black, tan, brown, pink, red, purple and white. Some are smooth, and some are raised and rough.
Almost all birthmarks are painless and harmless. However, to be extra safe, it’s important to have a doctor check your birthmarks, especially if there are rapid changes in appearance.
Birthmarks are categorized into two main groups: Those that appear as patches of brown skin caused by containing too much melanin (pigmented lesions), and those that appear as patches of red skin caused by the presence of abnormal blood vessels that are bunched together and do not grow normally.
Can lasers treat all pigmented birthmarks?
Not all birthmarks can be treated by laser but some can have excellent success and you are advised to consult with your doctor to check whether they are able to treat your birthmark or not.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments required varies for each person. This depends on the characteristics unique to each birthmark.
Four to twelve treatments are the norm. Don’t be surprised however, if removing a birthmark requires more.
The process also requires a substantial time commitment, since you must allow at least 1 – 2 months between each treatment session.
How painful is the treatment?
Pain is an individual experience affected by a variety of factors. Each laser impact on the skin has been described as “an elastic band slapping your skin”. Many people require nothing during treatment, while others choose to put on a topical anesthetic aka numbing cream, which must be applied on 30 – 45 minutes prior to treatment.
How do the lasers eliminate a pigmented birthmark?
Lasers work by producing short pulses of intense, pure, one color of light that passes through the top layers of the skin to be selectively absorbed by the birthmark’s pigment.
This laser energy causes the pigment to fragment microscopically. Some of the pigment comes off with the crust that forms after laser treatment; the body absorbs some of the pigment as it heals, and a small amount of pigment stays invisible in the tissue. The doctor will determine which wavelength or color of light to use, and how to best direct the laser’s energy to treat your birthmark.
Is there an age limit for children to be treated by the laser?
No, but you need to ask if this is something the child wants to do. Some children may find it daunting or painful, and therefore not be able to go through with the treatment.
Can laser be performed if I m pregnant?
As with any laser procedure, there is no long-term data available to say that laser is harmful to the fetus, but I recommend waiting until after the birth of your child before any treatment.
Will there be any scarring?
Scarring is uncommon with this procedure, but as with any skin treatment, there is a slight risk of side effects, most of which are reversible with time.