Birthmarks are a persistent visible lesion, usually on the skin, identified at or near birth; commonly called a nevus or Hemangioma.
There are several different types of birthmarks, ranging in size and colour.
Vascular birthmarks: Macular Stains, Hemangiomas & Port Wine stains – Red or purple in colour, these are caused by a build-up of faulty blood vessels under the surface of the skin.
Pigmented birthmarks: Moles, Café au lait spots & Mongolian spots – Brown in colour, these are caused by a build-up of melanin under the surface of the skin
The Pulse Dye Laser & ND:Yag Laser is used for the Removal of Birthmarks. The laser we use for your treatment depends upon the type and colour of birthmark you have
Minimal Pain & Downtime
Procedure is not time consuming
Visible reduction in Colour & Size
It requires Multiple sessions
Is the Treatment Safe ?
Absolutely. The laser energy is selectively targeted to the faulty blood vessels or built-up pigment cells only, meaning that surrounding tissues are not affected and there is no lasting damage to the skin. Lasers have been used to remove birthmarks for years. We will ensure that the laser settings are safe against your skin and that we have the most effective settings for your treatment.
Does It Hurt ?
In more sensitive areas, Birthmark Removal is described as feeling like the flick of an elastic band. The slight stinging sensation can be eased by applying a local anaesthetic cream. You may experience some redness and bruising in the area following treatment, but once this subsides you will see a visible fading of your birthmark
Are There Any Side Effects ?
During your initial consultation, your practitioner will advise you of all possible side effects associated with your personal treatment plan. Generally, after treatment the area may feel sensitive to touch and could be bruised. This will go down over the course of a week. Wear a high SPF sunscreen throughout the period of your treatment. Follow the prescription to the point
Why Do I Need Multiple Sessions ?
In order for the laser to be used safely on your birthmarks, we cannot target everything during one treatment. The light energy will be absorbed by some parts more than others and these will be more responsive on your next treatment. During your consultation your doctor will discuss your particular birthmark and the best treatment plan for you
When Is The Best Time To Have Treatment ?
The younger you start treating a birthmark, the more effective treatment will be and the fewer are typically needed. There is also less risk of a birthmark coming back if treated early.
What Results Will I See ?
Although you may have some bruising after your treatment, you may see a visible fading in your birthmark once this has subsided