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Birthmark (Definition)

A birthmark is an unusual mark or blemish anywhere on the skin ...Read more


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Can you shave a birthmark?

Shaving birthmark: Caution is needed, to avoid bleed or injury. Let your doctor examine & give better suggestions. ...Read more

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How to remove white birthmarks?

Unlikely to happen: White birthmarks generally reflect an absence or decreased production of pigment in the patch of skin involved. This cannot be reversed. In theory you could transplant a full thickness graft of your skin to cover the area, but it would never look "normal" and would have some visible demarcation at the edges that would call attention to the patch. Most would use a cover makeup for prominent areas. ...Read more

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Do all birthmarks stay forever?

Depends: Some birthmarks, especially those relate to malformations of blood vessels often disappear with the growth of the child. Others may persist and get larger with the growth of the child. ...Read more

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What makes you have a birthmark?

What makes you have a birthmark?

Lots of causes: Prematurity, chorionic villous sampling, family history, genetics, and the big unknown are all causes of birthmarks. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have birthmarks?

Is it normal to have birthmarks?

Yes: Many babies have birth marks and some, consisting of vascular lesions regress with time. As long as the birthmark is stable and not bleeding, there is no cause for alarm. ...Read more

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How do I get birthmarks removed?

Discuss with PCP: Some birthmarks are amenable to laser or other treatment modalities. Some are better left alone. A discussion with your pcp or evaluation by a dermatologist should give more specific guidance for your situation. ...Read more

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Can I remove birthmarks on my own?

Can I remove birthmarks on my own?

Not advised!: Leave this to your doctor. Furthermore, if it were to be cancerous, you would be doing yourself a big disservice. ...Read more

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How can I remove birthmark naturally?

How can I remove birthmark naturally?

Not recommended: Most birthmarks are either very vascular, or deeply pigmented (although some are very pale). Attempts to alter the appearance of these types of skin lesions will likely be ineffective at best, or leave an undesirable appearance/scar. A dermatologist would be the appropriate person to consult for this. ...Read more

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How easily can birthmarks be removed?

How easily can birthmarks be removed?

Depends: The answer depends on the mark. Some can be removed surgically or treated and fade with laser, others cannot. ...Read more

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Should I get this birthmark check out?

Can't see it: Is there a picture attached to this question? I cannot see the birthmark, may need to see the dermatologist. ...Read more

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What can you do about a huge birthmark?

See a Dermatologist: There are many methods for treating birthmarks. A dermatologist will be able to assess the best method for your specific birthmark. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my birthmark hurt?

Something else?: I wonder if you've had an injury to that area of the birthmark. Depending on the location of the birthmark, something could be going on in that area. For example, if over your wrist, could it be a sprained wrist that's the problem? I always advise that concerns are brought to your doctor. Consider a consultation with a dermatologist as well. Check it out. Hope this is helpful. ...Read more

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Are there different kinds of birthmarks?

Yes: There are quite a few. Some are common and quite innocent, some are rare and may signal significant internal problems could occur. ...Read more

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What are birthmarks and what causes them?

What are birthmarks and what causes them?

They are...: ...Any mark or discoloration anywhere on the skin, head to toe. They can be made of blood vessels, the pigment forming cells in skin, or other types f cells. Most are harmless, some are cosmetically disfiguring, a few reflect an underlying problem. Your doctor can tell the difference. ...Read more

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What do you need to do about a birthmark?

Discuss with PCP: Some birthmarks are amenable to laser or other treatment modalities. Some are better left alone. A discussion with your pcp or evaluation by a dermatologist should give more specific guidance for your situation. ...Read more

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What are birthmarks and why do they form?

What are birthmarks and why do they form?

Birhtmark origin: Due to clustering of pigment cells in the dermis layer, like a tatoo. Tend to run in family, but may look different, be in different locations and skip generations. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a birthmark down there?

Hard to say: Birthmarks are usually only important to those who are self conscious about them. If it is in a private area, it would only be something known to you or intimate contacts. If it bothers you, a cosmetic dermatologist could examine the mark and give you treatment options if you desire. ...Read more

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What are safe ways to get birthmark removed?

Depends on birthmrk: Removal if possible depends on the type of birthmark.Some get worse for a while & gradually fade. Some never change. Some cannot be removed without leaving a scar. You can check out dr. M.Levy at dell children's in austin for some of the most advanced birthmark care available. ...Read more

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When is the age for baby's birthmark removal?

Varies.: Whether or not a “birthmark" should be removed at all depends on the specifics of the birthmark. The appropriate age for removal, if necessary, will also vary depending on the specifics. Therefore, hard to answer your question precisely; best answered by your pediatrician and/or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Which birthmarks reflect an underlying problem?

Which birthmarks reflect an underlying problem?

Port wine stains: May be a benign vascular anomaly (e.g. Gorbachev) or associated with sturge–weber syndrome or klippel–trénaunay–weber syndrome. Very large nevi may be associated with increased risk for melanoma. ...Read more

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I'm wondering are facial birthmarks unattractive?

I'm wondering are facial birthmarks unattractive?

Depends: Depends on the birthmark and how you perceive it. For example, Elizabeth Taylor had a mole - a facial birthmark-. .. ...Read more

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My birthmarks on my back are growing. Is that bad?

My birthmarks on my back are growing. Is that bad?

Hard to say: There are a variety of skin patches people label as birthmarks. Those like cafe au lait spots should enlarge at the same proportion to the overall growth of the person. Some skin defects are not really birthmarks and if they are growing faster than the person they should be evaluated by the doc. ...Read more

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Is a birthmark a serious problem? What causes these?

Not usually: Not usually, but having over a certain number of certain types can suggest other diseases. They rarely mean anything serious. If you have questions, get it checked out. ...Read more