Most of the birthmarks are harmless and do not need a treatment, but sometimes these congenital nevi become a health risk and it becomes imperative to get them removed. But how should you get them removed? And the million dollar question is whether it is completely safe to remove birthmarks or not?
Advances in aesthetic medicine and cosmetic surgery have made it quite possible to safely remove birthmarks. There are numerous invasive and non-invasive treatment options available to help you get rid of unwanted, unsightly, problem causing birthmarks. Laser therapy is the latest birthmark removal technique being used worldwide. Which birthmark removal method will be suitable for you depends mainly on the size, location, cause, and the type of the birthmarks.
Birthmarks are broadly divided into two categories, pigmented birthmarks and vascular birthmarks. Some of them are flat while others appear as growths, raised above the surface of skin. Usually the vascular birthmarks are raised above the surface of skin while pigmented birthmarks appear as flat patches of various colors, pink, pale yellow, tan, red, blue, black, brown and purple.
The exact cause of birthmarks is yet to be known. Some of the birthmarks may be hereditary but not all of them run in families. There are several other factors as well that are often linked with the appearance of these congenital nevi. Pigment producing cells, melanocytes, are mostly blamed for the formation of colored patches on the infants’ skin. Melanocytes produce a chemical called melanin which adds color to your skin and hair. But sometimes these cells start producing too much melanin, resulting in formation of birthmarks. Ruptured or dilated blood vessels may also be responsible for formation of some types of birthmarks, such as hemangiomas.
Most of the congenital nevi do not cause any health issues and do not need a treatment, but people do get them removed for cosmetic reasons. However, in some circumstances the birthmarks become a health risk and need to be removed at any cost to avoid any serious complications. As stated above, you can easily, effectively and safely get rid of birthmarks, but there are certain considerations and precautions to take note of.
Some birthmarks fade away at their own over time. If you are a father of a baby with a birthmark, wait for 3 to 4 years to see if it goes away or not. However, monitor it closely to notice any changes in its texture, color or shape. If you spot any change in the size, color, shape or texture of an existing birthmark, have a skin specialist or a pediatrician look at it immediately. Similarly, bleeding or any sort of secretion means a serious problem, do not overlook. Same sort of vigilance is required when the birthmark starts to itch.
Even if a birthmark is not causing any discomfort or irritation, discuss it with a physician to be sure that it is really benign and harmless. If the birthmark does not fade away at its own, better get it removed before your child reached school age. Results of birthmark removal treatment are best when done in childhood as compared to adulthood and old age.
One thing that is directly linked with the success rate of birthmark removal is the experience of the clinician performing the procedure. If you are considering birthmark removal, first find a qualified board certified cosmetic surgeon or dermatologist with at least 3 to 5 years experience of removing birthmarks. Getting birthmarks removed by an inexperienced surgeon or nurse practitioner could lead to serious complications, such as melanoma.
So birthmarks can be removed safely, both naturally and medically, but you need to be very careful with necessary precautions when getting them removed.