Birthmark Treatment in Rockville, Maryland
Birthmarks come in different shapes, sizes and colors and can be anywhere on the skin. There are two types of birthmarks – pigmented birthmarks and vascular birthmarks.
Pigmented birthmarks are made of a cluster of pigment cells which cause color in skin. They can be many different colors, from tan to brown, gray to black, or even blue. Moles are also considered to be birthmarks if they are present on the individual’s skin at birth. Pigmented birthmarks may fade as a person ages but may continue to look the same. If a mole changes in color, shape or size or becomes itchy it should be checked by a dermatologist.
Vascular birthmarks are made up of blood vessels that haven’t formed correctly. They are usually red. Two types of vascular birthmarks are hemangiomas (strawberry) and port-wine stains. More than one in ten babies has this type of birthmark. They may fade in time but could remain the same. Port-wine marks may grow in size with age.
Birthmark Treatment Options
Most birthmarks, particularly pigmented marks, are harmless and do not require treatment. If your baby has a vascular birthmark, it is recommended that you have it examined to determine if treatment is needed. Treatment options may include oral or topical beta blocker, oral or injected steroids, laser treatment or surgery.