Birthmarks, port wine stains, and freckles and other forms of pigmentation occur naturally. The most common birthmarks fall into two categories — vascular marks and pigmented marks. Vascular marks include port wine stains, salmon patches, and hemangiomas. These are made of blood vessels that have been damaged or didn’t form correctly in the womb, causing a red discoloration of the skin. Pigmented marks include freckles, cafe au lait spots, mongolian spots, moles, and melasma. These marks range from tan to very dark brown and are caused by an overproduction of pigment at birth or during puberty and hormonal shifts.
TREATING BIRTHMARKS AND PORT STAINS
The Kwan Dermatology team offers several solutions to eliminate or lighten these skin discolorations with no downtime. Some of the most effective treatments for removal of vascular and pigmented marks on the skin are laser treatments, pulsed light treatments, and topical treatments. During your consultation, a medically trained team member will determine what treatment approach is best for your skin.