Birthmark Removal in Washington, DC
The Center for Laser Surgery has over 20 years’ experience in laser treatment of birthmarks and is a recognized expert in the treatments of the entire spectrum of congenital vascular and pigmented skin conditions.
Birthmarks are congenital (present at birth) abnormalities of the skin present in approximately 5% of the population. While the majority of birthmarks are benign from both a pathologic and cosmetic standpoint, some birthmarks may be cosmetically disfiguring, affecting a person’s appearance and overall well-being, and removal may be desired.
Types of Birthmarks
Birthmarks may be composed of blood vessels, (port wine stain or hemangioma), pigmented cells (café au lait – coffee and cream), or blue-black dermal lesions called nevus of Ota. Please click below to learn more about each type of birthmark.
Laser Birthmark Removal
Through the unique power of laser technology to selectively treat various anomalous skin pigmentation we are able to safely and effectively remove or reduce the appearance of birthmarks with no scarring. We currently utilize over ten unique lasers capable of removing or reducing the appearance of birthmarks of all etiologies. Pulsed yellow light, green light, Diode, Alexandrite, Q-switched Ruby, and ND-YAG lasers are all used to treat these lesions depending on type, size, color and anatomic location.
Age and Financial Considerations
The Center for Laser Surgery has various programs for infants, children, and adults with these conditions. While treatment is safe and effective at any age, for disfiguring congenital birthmarks we recommend treatment as early in life as possible, as birthmarks tend to grow as a patient grows and treatment early in life also reduces the stigma or emotional trauma associated with visibly disfiguring birthmarks.
The laser technology associated with birthmark removal is both advanced and expensive. We do offer payment plans and, with income verification, financial support for pediatric patients who cannot afford the full cost of a removal program. Please contact our office for more information.
If you would like to schedule a complimentary consultation for birthmark removal at our Washington, DC office, please email us or call 202-966-8814.