Newsletter September 2009 – Birthmark Removal

Birthmark Removal Before & After Pictures

One of the more specialized treatments we perform at Celibre Medical is birthmark removal. While not all birthmarks can be removed with laser treatments, many can. Below is an example of one type of birthmark we can successfully treat, the cafe-au-lait.

Laser Birthmark Removal

Laser Birthmark Removal Before Picture

Pigmented birthmarks such as café-au-lait birthmarks are brown in color. These birthmarks typically respond well to laser treatments and clearance can usually be achieved between 3 – 6 treatments. Unfortunately, this type of birthmark has a reputation of returning (50%) within a few years after successful treatment. However, the cause for reoccurrence is usually associated with sun exposure. Other types of brown birthmarks are caused by a higher then normal concentration of pigment in the skin. This pigment is the natural color of our skin but becomes darker because of the abnormally high concentration of it in a birthmark. Many pigmented (brown) birthmarks are quite responsive to Q-Switched lasers but the realistic goal oftentimes is improvement rather than complete resolution.

Hairy Nevi – Not a Candidate for Laser Birthmark Removal

There are a few types of pigmented birthmarks that we do not treat with lasers because some may be better suited for surgical intervention or, in some cases, may have a predisposition for becoming pre-cancerous.

Port Wine Stain Birthmark Removal

Laser Birthmark Removal Before Picture 

Another type of vascular (red) birthmark is referred to as a Port Wine Stain. These types of birthmarks are red in color due to the presence of vascularity (blood supply). This condition usually is associated with a cosmetic concern since they are difficult to camouflage and occur most often on the face and neck. Pulsed Dye laser treatments are an excellent option for these types of birthmarks, and this technology is recognized as the gold standard for their effective removal. The expectation should be several treatments – sometimes as many as ten.

At Celibre, we focus on patient education. We want our patients to understand and participate in the decisions that make up their care plan. To this end, our knowledgeable medical staff are here to help you weigh the benefits and risks of our Laser treatments.

Our team would be pleased to offer a complimentary consultation to address your skin care goals. A good starting place is to gather information and view before and after photos of Celibre patients in our photo gallery.

At Celibre, we stay at the forefront of research and best practices so that we may offer the most appropriate and effective injections and laser treatment plans for our valued patients. Please give us a call to learn more about laser treatments and injections.

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