A birthmark is a splotch on the skin which is acquired at birth and can appear in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. While some birthmarks are small and relatively unnoticeable, others have a more prominent appearance and can bother individuals by lowering their self-esteem. Some birthmarks pose a health risk, others are harmless but are undesirable from a cosmetic perspective.
While some birthmarks fade and completely disappear over time, others are there to stay. Cosmetic surgical removal for birthmarks in Dubai offers a solution to people who are self-conscious about their birthmarks and want to get rid of them.
Signs & Symptoms
There are various types of birthmarks and the signs and symptoms also vary depending on the type. Some common symptoms are:
- Marks on the skin that develop before or right after birth.
- Red lesions and skin rashes that become more noticeable when temperature changes or when the infant cries.
The exact cause of birthmarks is not known but most of the birthmarks may occur because of defective migration of cells during fetal development.
Available options for birthmark removal treatment in Dubai are;
- Medications: Mostly birthmarks disappear without any treatment but if they don’t the first option that can be used for birthmark removal is oral or topical medications. They are effective for reducing the size and lightening the color of birthmarks. Various types of medications are available and a dermatologist can suggest the best one.
- Steroids: In case oral medications do not work, corticosteroids can be used to speed up the process of birthmarks shrinkage. This method is suitable in case, location of marks is threatening for an infant’s vision or other senses.
- Surgical Removal: This method is used very rarely, only when no non-surgical method works. A birthmark that is either large or is found on an internal organ requires surgical removal. The excision technique is used for birthmark removal in Dubai.
- Laser Treatment: Laser treatment is also one of the options for birthmark removal at Dubai Cosmetic Surgery. It is a very effective treatment but requires multiple sessions for optimal results. It uses laser beams to reduce the size and lighten the color of birthmarks.
Preparative steps are essential to take so that you can get optimal results. Our surgeons will guide you specifically on the basis of your situation. However, the following are a few steps that are essential for everyone.
- Limit alcohol consumption.
- Limit or completely avoid smoking.
- Keep your skin safe from direct sun exposure.
- Keep your skin clean.
- Use prescribed medicines as instructed by your doctor.
Birthmarks Removal Procedure
Laser therapy for Black, Brown, White and Vascular birthmarks is a short and simple procedure that requires 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the size, color, and the number of birthmarks to remove. The steps for the procedure are:
- Laser treatment for birthmarks is virtually painless and can be performed without numbing the treatment area. Numbing cream or local anesthesia may also be applied for those who are sensitive to pain.
- After numbing the treatment area, the laser experts will move the laser machines across the skin. Highly focused beams of light emitted by the device will reduce the size and fade the color of birthmarks.
- Laser removes the birthmarks by eliminating the blood vessels and decreasing the melanin that causes birthmarks.
- Afterward, cold compresses may be applied to minimize the discomfort and burning sensation.
Post Treatment Care
Laser therapy for birthmarks requires no downtime and has minimal recovery time. Your skin will be dark purple for about seven to ten days but it will disappear soon after. You may also experience slight swelling and bruising after the treatment, but it will not be painful and will resolve in a couple of days. Some simple aftercare tips that you need to follow after treatment are:
- Protect the treated area from sunlight during the initial healing process.
- Cover the affected area with strong sunscreen when exposed to light.
- You may also need to cover the treated area with a bandage.
Birthmarks Treatment Benefits
There are many benefits of laser treatment for birthmark removal. Some of them are:
- It is a non-surgical treatment that requires no incisions and cuts.
- It is a virtually painless procedure and requires no anesthesia.
- Minimal side effects are associated with it.
When it comes to the complications of birthmarks removal treatment, they may vary from one individual to the other. It is recommended to choose your surgeon carefully so that you can avoid these risks.
- Nerve damage
- Risks related to anesthesia
- Prolonged swelling
- Mild pain
Birthmarks Treatment Results
The results of the treatment will start becoming apparent immediately after the first treatment but multiple sessions are needed for optimal results. It may take several months to get the final results but they will be permanent.
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At Dubai Cosmetic Surgery®, we offer numerous surgical and non-surgical birth mark removal procedures.
- Laser Birthmark Removal is the most effective treatment used for elimination of birthmarks or irksome congenital nevi. We offer lasers for treating all types of birthmarks including moles, vascular pigmentation and hemangiomas. We also treat port-wine stains.
- Intense Pulsed Light therapy is another really effective birth mark removal procedure offered by Dubai Cosmetic Surgery®. It is similar to laser treatment, with the only difference of wavelength and intensity of light being used for treatment.
We use FDA approved latest laser systems for birthmark removal. These include:
- Q-Switch – When using Q-Switch lasers for birthmark removal, the practitioner makes the laser beam incident on the nevi. Laser beams switch on and off automatically and this way destroy the accumulated melanin by delivering the right amount of energy. According to a latest research, Q-Switch lasers can result in dramatic reduction of birthmarks, and complete removal in over 80% cases.
- Alexandrite laser – This type of laser works by damaging and destroying hyperactive melanocytes – cells responsible for production of melanin, a naturally occurring pigment that adds color to your hair and skin. Alexandrite works by breaking the concentrated pigment into microscopic particles. These tiny particles are then flushed out of the body through the immune system. Alexandrite lasers have shown dramatic results in birthmark removal.
Number of sessions required for complete birthmark removal varies from person to person depending on the type of birthmark and the laser system used. Pigmented birthmarks usually disappear completely after 3 to 6 treatments, whereas vascular birthmarks often take 8 to 12 sessions to fade away.
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