How to remove birthmark?

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Birthmark removal can reduce health risks, but it is a permanent surgery with risks. Different types of birthmarks require different removal methods, and some may pose health risks. Laser therapy and surgical removal are the main options, with minimal risks. Aftercare is important, and costs vary.

Birthmark removal is a cosmetic surgery procedure that sometimes has the benefit of reducing health risks. First, be aware that the results of birthmark removal are permanent and that, as with all surgery, there are risks involved. Before having any surgery, be sure to discuss all of your options, including their risks and benefits, with your doctor.

There are many different types of birthmarks and, therefore, different methods of removing them. Most types of birthmarks pose no threat to health, and many disappear by the time the child reaches adulthood. Teleangiectatic nevus, also called stork bite or salmon spot, is a light pink discoloration on the skin that typically disappears within the first year, while Mongolian spots, blue or dark brown discolorations, disappear by school age. Capillary hemangiomas, or strawberry marks, which are red, raised, lumpy areas, disappear by age nine in 90 to 95 percent of cases.

Hemangiomas can also be cavernous in type, in which case they can persist into adulthood and can form on internal organs. While most hemangiomas don’t cause other health problems, they can be dangerous and are often treated with medications such as corticosteroid or interferon injections. Hemangiomas can affect breathing if they grow in the voice box or vision if they grow near the eye and can ulcerate. In mild cases, hemangiomas can be removed with laser therapy, and in severe cases, surgical removal is required.

Other birthmarks that persist into adulthood include moles or nevus, coffee creamer or café au lait stains, and port-wine stains. Coffee crema stains and port-wine stains can both be indicative of more serious health issues, but if they are, removing the birthmarks won’t help. Moles can become cancerous in later life, although the vast majority never pose a health risk. If a mole shows signs of being cancerous, such as irregularities in color or shape, it should be removed for biopsy and cancer prevention.

Most birthmark removal is done for cosmetic purposes. The two main types of birthmark removal are laser therapy and surgical removal. Laser therapy can be done at any age and multiple procedures may be required. Some people experience mild pain during the procedure, and an anesthetic may be given if necessary. Surgery is usually the last resort against cravings. Consult with your doctor about which type of birthmark removal is best for you or your child.

The risks of laser birthmark removal are minimal. In rare cases, bleeding or crusting may occur. Other risks include bruising, soreness and skin discoloration, which go away after healing or can be corrected with subsequent treatments. The risks of surgical removal are similar to those associated with any surgery, including bleeding, scarring, infection, and allergic reactions to anesthesia.

It is extremely important to follow your doctor’s aftercare instructions after any type of birthmark removal. For about six weeks after laser therapy, the treated area should be kept out of the sun and it is important not to scratch. Birthmark removal procedures cost an average of $400-500 US Dollars (USD), although the cost can vary due to a number of factors.

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