Laser Therapy for Vascular Birthmarks in Palm Beach Gardens & Stuart, FL
If you’re unhappy with the appearance of vascular birthmarks, you may want to consider laser therapy at Florida Dermatology Specialists. Our team welcomes patients from Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart and North Palm Beach, FL.
What is Laser Therapy for Vascular Birthmarks?
Laser therapy for vascular birthmarks is a treatment method that uses specialized lasers to target and treat the abnormal blood vessels present in birthmarks. Vascular birthmarks are skin discolorations caused by abnormal development or growth of blood vessels. Laser therapy specifically focuses on birthmarks that are composed of blood vessels close to the surface of the skin, such as port wine stains or hemangiomas.
What Types of Lasers are Used for Vascular Birthmarks?
The type of laser used for vascular birthmark treatment depends on the specific characteristics of the birthmark and the depth of the blood vessels. Pulsed dye lasers (PDL) and Nd:YAG lasers are commonly used in laser therapy for vascular birthmarks. PDL lasers are effective for treating superficial birthmarks, such as port wine stains, as they target the red pigment (hemoglobin) in the blood vessels. Nd:YAG lasers are used for deeper birthmarks, such as hemangiomas, as they can penetrate into the skin to target the blood vessels.
What Types of Vascular Birthmarks Can Be Treated with Laser Therapy?
At Florida Dermatology Specialists, we often use laser therapy to treat the following types of vascular birthmarks:
- Port Wine Stains
How Much Does Laser Therapy Cost?
The cost of laser therapy at Florida Dermatology Specialists can vary depending on the extent of treatment needed. In many cases, your treatment may be eligible for coverage by health insurance. During your initial consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan and assess your insurance coverage to estimate the cost of treatment that you will be responsible for.
What is Laser Therapy for Vascular Birthmarks Like?
The laser therapy treatment is performed in-office on an outpatient basis. The procedure involves the use of a handheld laser device that is applied to the skin over the birthmark. The laser light is absorbed by the abnormal blood vessels in the birthmark, causing them to heat up and ultimately be destroyed. Many of our laser devices offer a topical cooling component to help minimize discomfort, but we can also provide a topical cooling gel. Multiple treatment sessions are often required to achieve optimal results, with intervals between sessions to allow the skin to heal and the body to absorb the treated blood vessels.
What is the Recovery Process for Laser Therapy?
The recovery process after laser therapy for vascular birthmarks is generally well-tolerated. Some temporary side effects may occur, including redness, swelling, bruising, or crusting at the treatment site. These side effects usually subside within a few days or weeks. You will be able to return to your normal activities immediately after treatment.
What Results Can I Expect from Laser Therapy for Vascular Birthmarks?
The results of laser therapy for vascular birthmarks can vary depending on the type, size, and location of the birthmark. In many cases, laser therapy can significantly lighten or fade the birthmark, improving its appearance and reducing associated symptoms such as itching or discomfort. However, complete removal may not always be achievable, particularly for larger or deeper birthmarks. The success of the treatment depends on various factors, and multiple sessions may be necessary to achieve the desired outcome.
If you are seeking laser therapy for vascular birthmarks in Jupiter, Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce or the surrounding areas of Florida, look no further than Florida Dermatology Specialists. Led by Dr. Richard Krathen, a board-certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, we are proud to provide this treatment option to patients dealing with port wine stains and hemangiomas. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.