Port wine stain birthmark treatment options in Chantilly, VA
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 wellbeing in terms of physical imperfections are invited to contact Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. to discuss the possibility of reducing the appearance of these very noticeable 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?
Contact Centreville and Chantilly, VA area dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Northern Virginia, Inc. today at (866) 808-3140 to discuss the possibility of treatment for this and a variety of other skin and body concerns. Our team is located at 13880 Braddock Road, Ste. 301 and is ready to help kids and adults with their dermatological health concerns. We also have a location in Sterling, VA.