Port Wine Stain Removal for Children
A port wine stain is a type of birthmark that results from enlarged capillaries under the skin. Red or pink in color, this type of birthmark typically appears at birth and is known to thicken and darken as the patient grows older. About three in every 1,000 children are born with a port wine stain birthmark. The name comes from the appearance, as the mark looks like a spilled puddle of red wine. Dr. Eric Cerrati can provide port wine stain removal for children and adults at both of his Utah offices.
Port wine stains affect both males and females, and both are typically concerned when these birthmarks appear on the highly visible areas of the head and neck. Due to their size and appearance, the uneducated public can sometimes assume that the patient is a victim of some contagious disease and shun the patient’s company. Children can be especially cruel, ridiculing another child with a visible port wine stain birthmark.
Experienced Laser Birthmark Treatments in Utah
Dr. Cerrati prefers to use laser therapy to treat port wine stains. The laser emits heat that penetrates the skin where the port wine stain is located, destroying the blood vessels near the surface that cause the anomaly. After a series of laser treatments, the port wine stain will dissipate and fade. Dr. Cerrati will advise you on how many treatments will be necessary for your particular birthmark. Treatment must be tailored to each individual, as port wine stains can vary greatly.
Your child will feel a slight warming sensation from the laser but will experience no pain or discomfort. He or she can return home immediately after treatment but should avoid direct exposure to sunlight for a few days. Dr. Cerrati will share more information during a confidential consultation in his office before treatments begin.
Contact us today to schedule a port wine stain removal consultation with Dr. Eric Cerrati at his Salt Lake City or South Jordan offices.