A birthmark is a kiss from an angel but certainly, it is a common distress for the parents. We would discuss the common concerns around them which bother most of my patients.
These are the commonest type of birthmark in newborn babies. They are usually present at the time of birth and are flat, dull-red areas that can be present on the eyelids, bridge of the nose, the upper lip and on the nape of the neck.
Port wine stain
A port wine stain is a pink or red coloured patch on the skin that is usually present at birth.
FAQs on birth Marks
Q) Are they hereditary?
Usually, they are not hereditary
Q) How does it look and where is it situated?
Port wine stains usually occur on the face and neck and less often on the trunk and limbs. They can become deeper red or purple in colour and may become nodular in later age. Rarely bleeding can happen if ulcerated.
Q) Can port wine stains be treated?
They can be made much less obvious by the treatments listed below.
Pulsed dye laser (PDL) is the treatment of choice It is helpful in improving the appearance of PWS on the face. Port wine stains on the limbs respond less well than those on the face. Treatments given before the birthmark becomes thickened are more successful.
Cosmetic or camouflage creams are often very helpful.