Birthmarks are exactly what they sound like: reddish, dark or raised marks on the skin that show up at birth or shortly after. We don’t know what causes birthmarks; they are usually made up of blood vessels that develop abnormally, and most are small and harmless. Many disappear over time. However, if a birthmark is large and unsightly, or if it causes a health problem, it may need medical treatment.
Birthmarks come in all shapes and sizes, and can be located anywhere on the body. The most common types of birthmarks include:
Mercy Kids dermatologists evaluate and treat all types of birthmarks. Most do not require treatment unless they affect a child’s appearance or health. For example, a large port-wine stain on the face may be unsightly, or a hemangioma near the eye may interfere with vision. Newborns with such birthmarks may receive treatment even before they leave the hospital.
No matter what your child’s age, we offer a range of treatment options.
Often, we use a combination of treatments, and may work with plastic surgeons and other medical specialists to minimize discomfort and scarring and ensure the best possible results.
If your infant or child has a birthmark that may negatively impact their health or physical appearance, we’ll care for their skin with medical expertise and personal compassion.