Birthmarks are blemishes on the skin that are noticeable at birth, or shortly afterwards. A significant proportion of newborns have a birthmark. Vascular birthmarks - a red, pink or purple blemish are caused by abnormal blood vessels under the skin
HOW IS BIRTHMARKS DIAGNOSED?
Though most birthmarks are harmless and painless, proper check-up is essential to rule out any danger. Examination of skin is done to diagnosis. A biopsy may be recommended look for skin changes that are signs of cancer.
HOW IS BIRTHMARKS TREATED?
Most birthmarks are left alone and do not require any treatment because they eventually fade out. Large moles are surgically removed. Other pigmented spots can be removed through laser treatment, but they often return. Larger hemangiomas can be treated with medication. For port-wine stains, laser treatment is the best treatment method.
DID YOU KNOW?
The causes for birth marks are not known yet. Vascular birthmarks are caused by abnormal blood vessels in or under the skin, and pigmented birthmarks are caused by clusters of pigment cells. Some myths associated with birthmarks are that they are caused when an expectant mother sees something strange, or experiences a great deal of fear, sometimes called a maternal impression.