Birthmark Removal

Birthmarks are simply a discolouration of the skin that can have a variety of causes including an unusual grouping of blood vessels or a localised excess of pigment which gives skin its colour. 

  • Are you embarrassed by a birthmark? 
  • Does it affect your confidence?
  • Would like to be rid of it?
What is Birthmark Removal?

There are a variety of birthmarks, some of which are amenable to treatment with either laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy.  The 2 main types of birthmarks are vascular and pigmented in origin. The depth of the lesion and it’s characteristics are the main determinants with respect to the response to treatment. An initial consultation with the laser clinician is required to determine the type of birthmark at which time treatment options can be discussed.

What are birthmarks?

A birthmark is a blemish on the skin formed before birth. A little over 1 in 10 babies are born with a vascular birthmark. They are part of a group of skin lesions known as “naevi”. Some of these may be unsightly and affect confidence over the years. Typically there are 2 main types of birthmarks, these will either be vascular (red) or pigmented (brown). The depth of the lesion and its characteristics are the main determinants with respect to the response to treatment. How does birthmark removal work? We use a laser to reduce the appearance of birthmarks. The laser light is matched to the colour of the blemish, and then delivered to the skin in a series of short bursts. Over a number of treatments, this breaks down the colouring of the birthmark, allowing it to blend in with the rest of the skin.

How will I feel during treatment?

Although we can use anaesthetic creams to ease any discomfort, this is very rarely necessary. The vast majority of patients find this treatment perfectly tolerable, with some describing the feeling of the laser as a flicking sensation against the skin.

Is birthmark removal for me?

Some patients with sensitive skin worry that this will be a problem, but with the use of anaesthetic cream, almost anyone can comfortably undergo laser therapy to remove unwanted birthmarks. What happens after birthmark removal? You may notice some slight temporary bruising or whitening at the area, and this is to be expected as it indicates that the laser is having its lightening effect on the birthmark. This soon fades, and you will notice the birthmark fading along with it. Scarring is not generally a side effect of birthmark removal. To keep your skin looking its best, stay out of the sun and sun beds for a few weeks after your treatment. It is also recommended that you use sun cream of SPF 30 or more for a few months.