Birthmark Removal


Birthmark removal can include laser surgery or surgical excision depending on the type of birthmark, the severity of its condition and its location. Surgical excision is used to remove a brown, pigmented birthmark. An incision is made and the area containing the pigmented tissue is removed. In many cases, sutures are not required and the area will heal naturally. The laser method is most effective for vascular birthmarks and port-wine stains close to the surface of the skin. It involves the use of pulses of light to reduce the appearance of birthmarks.

Ideal candidates are individuals with a birthmark that presents a health risk, causes physical discomfort or results in a bad self-image. The best candidates for laser birthmark removal are those with vascular birthmarks, such as port wine stains, which tend to respond well to this approach. The best candidates for surgical birthmark removal are those with a pigmented birthmark. Patients with a medical condition that can impair the healing process or have the tendency to form deep scars while healing are not good candidates.

The typical cost for birthmark removal treatment ranges from $500-$900.The final cost varies depending on the hospital or surgical facilities, any necessary medical tests, the surgeon’s level of expertise and the geographic location of the procedure.

The procedure removes any unwanted birthmarks. Recovery generally lasts 3-7 days. There could be some swelling, soreness and redness of the treated area that resolve within a few weeks. The treated area should be elevated to reduce swelling. Patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for a couple of weeks after the treatment. The results are long lasting and the chance of the birthmark reappearing is highly minimal if it fades completely after the treatment.

Halo Hybrid Fractional Laser

submitted on   Wed Jun, 15, 2016 by Aric Aghayan, MD     
Halo hybrid fractional laser is a skin laser that delivers ablative and non-ablative wavelengths of laser energy at the same time. Ablative lasers, like CO2 and Erbium, vaporize the outer skin layers to effectively resurface and rejuvenate the skin. Non-ablative technologies like Fraxel laser are1