Birthmarks are common, benign, pigmented skin blemishes that are present at birth or appear shortly afterward. It is unknown why some people are born with birthmarks and others are not. A birthmark is a congenital, irregularity on the skin that can often be present at birth or appear within the first month shortly after.
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Pigmented birthmarks are caused by excess skin pigment cells and can include moles, café au lait spots, and Mongolian spots. They can occur anywhere on the skin, and typically the ones people wish to have removed are found on the face, so they can be quite visible. Q Esthetics is a top laser birthmark removal clinic in Toronto, and with our years of experience treating moles and skin blemishes, we will be able to assess your problem and offer a recommendation.
Pigmented birthmarks are caused by a high density of melanin in cells and include:
Cafe-Au-Lait Birthmarks – present at birth, or appear shortly after birth, and do not fade with age. These birthmarks may occur anywhere on the body, but are most often found on the torso, buttocks or legs. They are typically flat and smooth, oval in shape and light brown, or a bit darker in colour.
Mongolian Birthmarks – flat congenital spots with an irregular shape, blue or dark blue colour, most common among East Asians and Turks. These birthmarks usually disappear within the first few years of life.
Vascular Birthmarks causes
Vascular birthmarks are caused by a high concentration of blood vessels and include:
Port Wine Stain Birthmarks – present at birth and will not disappear with age. These birthmarks range from pale pink to wine-red in colour, and may thicken and darken over time. They are typically quite large in size and irregular in shape.
Strawberry Birthmarks – These red birthmarks are not present immediately at birth but appear within the first few weeks of life. They often grow and thicken rapidly, then stabilize and eventually diminishing in size and resolve by age 10.
Stork Bite Birthmarks – also called “angel’s kiss” or “salmon patch”, typically seen on newborns, and are mostly temporary.
Brown Birthmarks – also called congenital moles, irregular in shape, brown, dark brown, or black in colour, and flat, raised or lumpy in appearance. They are often found on the head or neck, but may occur anywhere on the body.
What can I expect during and after the treatment?
Though most birthmarks are benign, do not require any treatment, and are often removed for cosmetic reasons. Many people are understandably self-conscious about visible marks on their face or areas of the body that are visible when clothed. A few birthmark removal treatments may include oral or injected steroids, lasers or IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), and surgery. The method chosen for birthmark removal will generally depend on the type and characteristics of the mark.
For birthmark removal at Q Esthetics Laser Clinic, we use IPL and Nd:YAG laser in conjunction with electrocautery , to fade or remove a diverse range of birthmarks*. With over 10 years experience, we are Toronto’s leading clinic for birthmark removal. Our well-trained medical staff safely removes hundreds of birthmarks each year. Please call one of our three convenient clinics to schedule a complimentary consultation and let us show you what we can do for you today*.
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