When patients come to Washington Dermatology Consultants in the Stafford area to ask about birthmark treatment, Dr. Kenneth Neal reviews the options available. The options available are determined by the type of birthmark patients have. There are many different variations, which may include:
- Pigmentation-type birthmarks (Mongolian spots, coffee-cream, etc.)
- Macular stains (also referred to as salmon patches)
- Vascular malformations (port-wine stains)
Dr. Kenneth Neal will first perform an evaluation to determine the type of birthmark. This can help him determine the best treatment plan to reduce or eliminate it.
Some birthmark treatments may include bleaching medications that can help lighten the skin and therefore reduce the appearance of the birthmark. In specific cases, surgery may be recommended. However, many birthmarks can be easily addressed with laser therapies.
Laser treatment can be done at any age and on any type of skin. It is commonly used for port-wine stains and pigmentation that is closer to the surface of the skin. This treatment uses short bursts of laser energy to target the pigmentation to reduce it. Patients who use laser treatment may need to undergo several treatments to reduce the birthmark gradually but they will achieve optimum results in this manner. This treatment is best for patients who have birthmarks in very visible areas of the body and face and want to reduce them to the point where they are no longer noticeable.
Many patients who undergo laser therapy for birthmarks will have mild discomfort, but Dr. Kenneth Neal can use a topical cream on the skin before performing the procedure to help numb the area and ensure comfort throughout the treatment session. Patients are given after-care instructions following their procedure to help them care for the treatment area and ensure optimum results.
Dr. Kenneth Neal and the team at Washington Dermatology Consultants recommend patients take the time to learn about laser treatment for birthmark removal and find out if it is best for them.