In the majority of cases, birthmarks are something we typically ignore and can cover with makeup or clothing. However, for some, birthmarks can be a nuisance. For example, a poorly placed mole can get caught in a zipper and raised blemishes can rub against clothing and cause irritation. Large, brightly-colored, or oddly placed birthmarks can even be distracting or embarrassing, especially when on the face.
Thankfully, there are many options to explore when trying to hide, reduce, or eliminate birthmarks. Birthmark removal treatments include lasers, medications, and in-office treatments. You may need more than one visit to our facility to fade or remove a birthmark, and it is important to keep in mind that some may simply not be removable.
The CynoSure® Icon™ aesthetic system offers the ability to deliver multiple procedures through one innovative handpiece. Fractional laser technology allows your physician to address blemishes in the skin. It is generally recommended for scar removal but can have success with birthmarks and similar blemishes.
This treatment was developed as a result of using a pulsed dye laser to treat blood vessels. At Pryor Health, Candela’s Alex TriVantage Laser helps to target pigmentation in the skin. It has shown success as a tattoo removal procedure but can also eliminate brown spots, birthmarks, and blemishes in the skin.
Benign, congenital moles may sometimes need to be removed. This is achieved through a punch, shave, or surgical technique. If your mole is cancerous, you may be eligible for Mohs surgery and reconstruction to remove any cancerous tissue.
Removes flat moles with a sharp cylindrical device that “punches out” the mole tissue. This method works best for raised moles; a scalpel or razor is used to level the mole. Patients can see success, but the treatment may not always be permanent.
Is recommended if a mole is dark or bumpy. Dr. Pryor will cut the mole and its borders and remove the tissue before closing the area with tiny sutures. This procedure can leave a scar, but with proper skincare, it usually fades over time.
Can take anywhere from just a few minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the mole. The shave removal method generally depends on the purpose of the surgery, the color and size of the mole, whether it’s raised or flat, and where it’s located.
These are the most common and appear at birth or shortly after. They can include:
Pigmented birthmarks are skin markings that you are born with and can range in color from brown or black to bluish or blue-gray. Types include:
You are invited to book a treatment at Pryor Health where we offer a full range of Surgical, Medspa and Wellness services to take years off of your appearance. We are known for our results and care of our patients.