Parents who have kids born with port wine stain birthmarks may be worried about how they may affect their self-confidence in the future. Chantilly and Centreville, VA area parents concerned about their child’s health and well being in terms of physical imperfections may be unsure about the possibility of reducing the appearance of these very noticeable birthmarks. At Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, now a part of U.S. Dermatology Partners, we are dedicated to helping individuals achieve the results they desire and offer a variety of treatments for patients with port wine stain birthmarks.
What is a Port Wine Stain Birthmark?
A port wine stain birthmark, also known as “nevus flammeus,” appears maroon in color and is often noticed on areas such as the:
Children are often born with these birthmarks, which appear a light pink as an infant but become darker as kids grow up. The birthmark will not go away on its own, but there are ways for dermatologists to reduce their appearance and give children back their self-esteem.
Port wine stain birthmarks can be treated with light therapy or with a pulsed dye laser. Laser therapies are popular due to their ability to treat a variety of conditions. Parents can bring their children into the office for an official diagnosis and then discuss light therapy options available. Treatments are done in a series of sessions and require time to gradually lighten the birthmark until it is barely visible. This takes time, but the results can be dramatic.
Which Treatment is Appropriate for Me?
During an evaluation, Dr. Neeraja Mattay can recommend which treatment is best for reducing or eliminating a port wine stain birthmark.
Want to know more about Port Wine Stain Birthmarks and Treatment?
If you would like to learn more about the possibility of reducing the appearance of these very noticeable birthmarks and would be interested in discussing treatment options with a professional, contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia Centreville. We assist patients of all ages in our state-of-the-art facility. We provide medical and cosmetic dermatology solutions to men and women at both our Centreville and Sterling locations. Our Centreville location can be reached at (703) 222-2773 and is conveniently located in Suite #301 at 13880 Braddock Road. We accept new patients who are ready for quality, comprehensive dermatological care.