Many people are born with birthmarks, from small red patches on their stomach or buttock to large, purple patches covering parts of the face. While many can be easily covered with clothing or are embraced as part of what makes the individual unique, some can be disfiguring and even possibly have damaging physical effects. Fortunately, there are options to remove these birthmarks, which can improve quality of life and health through cosmetic surgery.
Types of Birthmarks
There are two main types of birthmarks which can be present from birth, hemangioma and port wine. Both can appear on a child’s face or neck, where it can detract from the natural beauty and even put their health at risk. Both these types of birthmarks can be removed, although the process may vary depending on the type.
- Hemangioma. Most commonly formed on females, hemangioma or strawberry-colored birthmarks usually appear on the face, head and neck within a few weeks of birth. These birthmarks can be dangerous if they occur on the neck or close to the eyes, affecting breathing and eyesight.
- Port wine stains. Port wine stains are noticeable at birth, varying from pink to a darker, purple wine color. These are less dangerous than hemangioma, yet still can be disfiguring and affect a child’s self-esteem and confidence.
Both types of birthmarks can be removed by experienced cosmetic surgeons who specialize in these procedures. The best results are achieved when performed when the patient is still a child, with quicker and more dramatic effects. However, even adults with a birthmark they’d like to have removed can benefit from cosmetic procedures to reduce the appearance of these marks, helping them improve their confidence and self-esteem.
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Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Road Northeast #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
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