Birthmarks are a common pigmentation defect that can occur on the skin. Birthmarks may be noticeable just in infants while fading over time, while others may stay on the skin and change colors with age. There are several different types of birthmarks that may be found on the body and each one has its own characteristics. One that is seen often by Dr. Roger Koreen of Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center in Huntington is the port wine stain.
What is a port wine stain?
This birthmark is often characterized by a deep red color. It may be present on approximately three individuals out of every 1,000. They are normally present in birth or in childhood, starting out as pink and flat and changing into a deeper red or purple hue. They are known for being large and are typically found on the face – which can be incredibly embarrassing and can negatively impact one’s overall self-esteem. They are difficult for adults to cover with cosmetics, making treatment with a dermatologist a desirable solution.
What can be done for port wine stain birthmarks?
Patients with port wine stain birthmarks may want to speak with Dr. Roger Koreen about treatment options available to reduce the appearance or even eliminate the birthmark altogether. Laser lights such as the pulse dye laser have been found to be incredibly effective in addressing these dark, troublesome pigmentations. With several treatments over time, optimal results are achieved and patients will be able to see normalization of their skin’s texture and tone.
An evaluation of the skin is the first step in finding out more. This can be done during an initial evaluation and consultation visit with Dr. Roger Koreen. His practice is equipped with some of today’s latest technologies, allowing patients to enjoy a wide range of solutions for each skin concern.
If you reside in the area of Huntington, NY and have considered treatment options for removing port wine stain birthmarks, Dr. Roger Koreen can help. Contact him today by calling Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center at (631) 417-3300.