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Birthmark Removal

Birthmarks are often considered a mark of individuality, but for many women and men, a prominent birthmark can be embarrassing. Pigmented lesion and vascular birthmark removal in Albany, from Spa One at The Plastic Surgery Group can significantly fade, or completely correct a birthmark.

Visit Spa One at The Plastic Surgery Group to learn more about birthmark removal. Request a free cosmetic consultation using our online form. If you'd prefer, you can call (518) 944-2096 to schedule an appointment with one of our highly trained professionals.

Quick Facts

  • Treatment time: Varies depending on the area and depth of the birthmark
  • Discomfort level: Mild
  • Number of treatments: Varies; treatment plan is customized to meet individual needs; treatments are scheduled 4 to 8 weeks apart
  • Recovery: Temporary skin blistering and discoloration with laser treatment; it's important to stay out of direct sunlight until the area is completely healed
  • Duration of results: Indefinite

Answers to Your Questions

What causes birthmarks?

Birthmarks are caused by abnormal blood vessel formation. They can vary in size, shape, coloring, and location. Some birthmarks occur during fetal development, while others are more common in older patients when a weakness in the blood vessel wall creates a bubble, or hernia, in the vessel.

What are my options for birthmark removal?

Both lasers and sclerosing treatments can significantly lessen discoloration and blotchiness, or even correct the birthmark entirely. Your provider can determine what treatment is best for you based on your individual needs and goals.

How does laser birthmark removal work?

Laser energy is delivered to the blood vessel, causing coagulation. Without a blood source, the abnormal vessels die off and disintegrate.

Does laser birthmark removal hurt?

To counteract any discomfort caused by the heat emitted from the laser, a cooling spray of anesthetic mist is applied between pulses.

How many treatments will I need to remove my birthmark?

The number of treatments needed for optimum results varies depending on the size and thickness of the lesion. Your provider will develop a customized treatment plan to meet individual needs. Treatments should be scheduled 4 to 8 weeks apart so that the tissue has time to heal and absorb the treated blood vessels.

How do you treat telangiectasias?

Telangiectasias - blotchy clusters of spider veins – are usually treated with sclerotherapy. Sclerosing agents are solutions that are injected directly into the offending blood vessel. These solutions irritate the blood vessel and rupture the blood cells. Eventually, the treated blood vessel collapses and is absorbed by the surrounding tissue.

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