What is a Birth Mark?

A birthmark is a mark or splotch on the skin which can appear in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Pigmented birthmarks are usually present from the time of birth and are comprised of melanosomes, which are cells that contain an abnormally high density of melanin. Melanin is the pigment that creates color in your skin. The cause of birthmarks is unknown, but it has been determined that the occurrence is higher in darker skinned individuals like Hispanics, Asians, and African Americans.

There are many who might think that birthmarks should not be removed–that they are an inherent part of your identity. However, many patients experience a great deal of discomfort due to their birthmarks. Many birthmarks can be large or attract unwanted attention. Some patients have expressed that they find others paying more attention to a birthmark than to a face. This can be quite uncomfortable, so it’s only natural that many of Dr. Rokhsar’s New York birthmark removal patients feel great relief when this procedure is finished.

Types of Birthmarks

Birthmarks are categorized into two groups:

  1. Congenital Moles: This type of birthmark can come in a variety of shapes and sizes but are usually dark or brown colored. They can appear on any area of the body and may be raised.
  2. Cafe-au-lait spots: This type of birthmark is typically oval shaped and appears light brown or darker in color. They were usually flat and smooth and most commonly found on the torso, buttocks, or legs.

Birthmarks are further divided into subcategories of pigmentation-types, macular stains, vascular malformation, and hemangiomas. Some birthmarks fade or completely disappear overtime, but for those that are self-conscious about their appearance can choose birthmark removal procedures.

How Are Birth Marks Treated?

Fraxel Repair: The Fraxel:repair laser system uses an ablative treatment that treats the tissue deep within the dermis, which is also where pigmentation abnormalities are present. The procedure uses CO2 laser technology to fractionally treat microscopic sections of the birthmark without causing scarring or hypo-pigmentation. This may require multiple treatments, depending on the birthmark size and color.

V-Beam Pulse Dye Laser: The V-Beam Perfecta uses and energy that targets the area with an intense but gentle pulse that selects the discolored birthmark, ablating the pigment responsible for the mark. Multiple treatments are usually performed and improvements canbe seen immediately after treatment.

Dr. Rokhsar is among the premiere laser specialists not only in New York, but across the country. As such, he’s an excellent resource for your own birth mark removal desires. He can help you feel great about your skin and help you look more confident and youthful. If you are interested in what this procedure can do for you, contact us to schedule a no-pressure consultation at our Garden City or New York City location.