BIRTHMARK REMOVAL IN LOS ANGELES AND ORANGE COUNTY
They said it couldn’t be done, but we remove birthmarks every day. With the artful use of multiple lasers, vascular and pigmented birthmarks marks can be significantly reduced and even totally removed. Most birthmarks are painless and harmless, but at AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare we understand how self-conscious they can make you feel – especially those on the face. You can trust our proprietary protocols to restore your confidence by giving you the look you’ve been dreaming of. Usually in just 3 to 7 birthmark removal treatments!
WHAT IS A BIRTHMARK?
A birthmark is a colored mark on or under the skin that’s been there since birth. Birthmarks vary in size and shape, and can be blue, black, tan, brown, pink, red, purple and white. Some are smooth, and some are raised and rough.
Almost all birthmarks are painless and harmless. However, to be extra safe, it’s important to have a doctor check your birthmarks, especially if there are rapid changes in appearance.
Birthmarks are categorized into two main groups: Those that appear as patches of brown skin caused by containing too much melanin (pigmented lesions), and those that appear as patches of red skin caused by the presence of abnormal blood vessels that are bunched together and do not grow normally (vascular lesions).
TYPES OF BIRTHMARKS
Salmon Patches (Also Called ‘Stork Bites,’ ‘Angel Kisses’ and ‘Macular Stains’)
Salmon patches are thin, flat, light pink or red birthmarks. Typically, they appear on the back of the neck, the upper lip, between the eyebrows and on the upper eyelid. Their red appearance is caused by an abnormal grouping of tiny micro-blood-vessels (capillaries), occurring near the skin’s surface.
Congenital Moles (Nevi)
Congenital moles are usually brown and can grow anywhere on the body. They vary in size and shape and look like bigger, darker moles. Unlike most other types of birthmarks, these may cause some concern. Depending on their size, these birthmarks have an increased risk of becoming skin cancer.
Café-au-lait spots are smooth, round birthmarks, and range in color from light brown to chocolate. They appear right at the time of birth or shortly thereafter and don’t fade away with age. They usually are found on the upper body, buttocks and legs.
Mongolian spots are blue or blue-gray birthmarks that affect people with darker skin. They occur when melanin-producing cells (melanocytes) that usually occupy the outermost layer of skin (epidermis) are trapped in the deeper layers of the dermis where they deposit their melanin. They are often uneven in shape and usually occur on the lower back and buttocks.
Hemangiomas are raised, rough, blue, red, or purple birthmarks made of clumps of tangled micro-blood vessels that did not grow normally. Hemangiomas in the skin may appear anywhere on the body in many shapes, sizes and thicknesses, and can also occur deeper in the body affecting internal organs. They are most commonly found on the face, scalp, back and chest. They usually disappear by the age of nine. Some slight discoloration or acne-like pockmarks may remain at the site of the lesion. Some hemangiomas are quite thick, penetrating more deeply into the skin, and often appear like raised spongy masses filled with blood. While most of these lesions will disappear on their own, some may remain throughout life.
Port-wine stains are typically dark red-purple. They’re made of a tangle of micro-blood-vessels near the surface of the skin, which did not grow normally. They range in size from a small coin to covering a large area of the body and are usually flat and smooth.
Removing Pigmented Birthmarks (Excessive Melanin)
AMA Skincare has developed unique, holistic protocols that precisely target birthmarks with laser energy that changes the molecular structure of melanin. Consequently, the melanin is no longer recognized by the body’s physiology, so the immune system can break it down and dissolve it away within 3-4 weeks. Depending on the extent of melanin in the birthmark, 3-7 laser treatments are typically required in order to remove all the excess melanin and bring skin back to its normal color. Remarkably, the treatment is so precise that only low levels of energy are required, making it virtually pain-free.
A customized, specially formulated cream may be used in conjunction with laser treatments to assist in suppressing melanin producing cells in your skin (melanocytes) from regenerating unwanted pigmentation. This proprietary AMA Skincare formulation utilizes a sophisticated combination of naturally occurring herbal substances, as well as pharmaceutically synthesized components for maximum effectiveness.
Vascular Birthmarks Removal And Treatment
With exquisite precision, laser energy modulated according to AMA Regenerative Medicine & Skincare’s protocols targets hemoglobin in the blood that fills the birthmark. The hemoglobin absorbs the energy, instantly vaporizing the blood causing abnormal micro-capillaries to collapse. Often, the color of the birthmark changes to a darker shade of brown, indicating that the treatment is proceeding successfully. Over the course of a few weeks, the body dissolves the fragments of the destroyed micro-vasculature. Depending on the structure, depth and complexity of the birthmark, 3-7 laser birthmark removal treatments are typically required to remove all the layers, resulting in beautiful birthmark-free skin.
Because abnormal blood vessels making up a hemangioma occupy space in the deeper layers of the skin (dermis), small indentations may appear where the abnormal veins once were. These small indentations, or pockmarks, are caused by space left unfilled when abnormal blood vessels collapse. This is typical of thicker hemangiomas that have a multi-layered and complex tangle of abnormal blood vessels penetrating deeper into the collagen structure of the dermis. Once the hemangioma has been removed, our collagen regenerating protocols can be used to heal damaged collagen left by the hemangioma, restoring a smooth texture to the skin.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – BIRTHMARK REMOVAL
Q. Does this birthmark removal treatment work on Cafe au Lait birthmarks?
A. Yes! In fact, these are the most common type of birthmark that we treat. Depending on the coloration of the patient’s skin, typically 3 to 5 treatments are needed to get fantastic results.
Q. I have a 3 inch long by 3 inch wide birthmark on my right elbow that is dark purple. Can laser treatment remove it?
A. What you are describing is a vascular birthmark. Yes, laser birthmark removal will work on this type of birthmark. Vascular birthmarks respond best when more than one laser is used in a multiple-modality protocol. In order to completely remove this type of birthmark 4 to 8 laser treatments are typically needed. The reason being is that birthmarks can vary greatly in depth as well as the complexity of their internal structure.
Q. Will this birthmark removal treatment work on port-wine stain birthmarks?
A. Yes! The laser will help to remove the pigment from the skin. Exactly how many laser treatments will be needed to fully remove it will depend on the depth of the birthmark.
Q. I have an oval shaped brown birthmark under my eye that is about the size of a dime. Can this treatment remove it?
A. Yes! Before treatment we would first need to evaluate what type of birthmark it is. Is it a pigmented lesion, one that is caused by your skins natural melanin? Or, is it a vascular lesion, one caused by some venous blood pooling under your eye. This can happen when blood is leaked from the tiny veins in that area. Once determined, a laser protocol will be customized for you to produce the best possible results.
Q. Is the cost of this treatment based on the size of the birthmark being removed?
A. Yes. Cost is based on the time we spend on the treatments. Smaller lesions require less time to treat and therefore cost less.
Q. Can this laser treatment remove a black birthmark from my nose?
A. Yes! When a laser protocol is appropriately customized, nearly every type of birthmark from anywhere on the body can be successfully removed. How many treatments will be needed depends on the type of birthmark. Whether it is comprised of pigment, or melanin, and is brown or blood vessels and is red.
Q. Can this laser treatment remove a white birthmark from the side of my face?
A. What you are describing is an area of skin that has less natural pigment than the skin around it. There are two possible causes of this. First, the patch of white skin has fewer melanin producing cells (melanocytes) than the skin around it. Second, the patch of whit skin has a group of melanocytes that have been programmed to produce less melanin than the skin around it. This is very similar to a person who has a white patch of hair surrounded by dark hair.
Whichever the cause, the focus of treatment will be to get the white patch of skin to start producing more melanin. This will help to blend the white patch of skin with the skin around it. Unfortunately, these types of treatment are not “sure-fire” methods and work only about 50% of the time. Micro-needling would be the “low-tech” method. The use of an Excimer laser would be the “high-tech” method.
The white patch of skin could also be a case of Vitiligo so it is important to carefully access the skin to determine the exact cause.
FREE CONSULTATION WITH OUR DOCTORS
In order to achieve the best possible results for your skin, successful birthmark removal treatments should start with a patient that is thoroughly educated. Therefore, we start our relationship with you with a free and private consultation wherein we invest an entire hour to personally educate you. Schedule a free consultation today to find out more about our birthmark removal treatments.
For information regarding the challenges, truths and misconceptions of treating darker skin types with lasers, visit the Darker Skin FAQ page.