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Doctor insights on: Birthmark Excision

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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

Birthmark (Definition)

A birthmark is an unusual mark or blemish anywhere on the skin ...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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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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What causes rid of a birthmark?

What causes rid of a birthmark?

Varies: Birthmark is a term that applies to a broad group of different marks with different physical characteristics. Some are amenable to removal through laser treatments or surgery. Some would only leave a prominent scar if any attempt was made to remove it.Consultation with your pcp/a dermatologist or plastic surgeon could provide specific information on your situation. ...Read more

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Can my baby’s birthmark be cancerous?

No: It is almost unheard of to have a malignant birthmarks. There are several kinds that need to be followed and possibly removed at a later date due to malignant potential in adulthood. ...Read more

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Do I have an age spot or a birthmark?

Don't have a clue: On this public site we don't have access to anything you upload, so if you sent in a picture we cannot see it.If your spot was there within weeks of birth then it might be considered a birthmark.Otherwise you need to ask your doc or have someone look at it. ...Read more

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Could birthmarks appear from puberty?

Confusing question: Birthmark is a term applied to a variety of skin surface findings that are usually present at birth or within the first month or so. New patches/ growths/ spots that arise during puberty would not be considered birthmarks. ...Read more

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What exactly are tiny red birthmarks?

What exactly are tiny red birthmarks?

Tiny hemangiomas: I think you are probably asking about something that is often referred to as a hemangioma of infancy. These are benign collections of blood vessels cells that usually disappear on their own. They typically appear during the first weeks of life and resolve by age 10. ...Read more

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Will a red birthmark go away on a baby?

Will a red birthmark go away on a baby?

Some do some don't: There are a variety of red birthmarks that appear on babies. Their eventual status varies with type & location. The typical "storks bite" on the back of the neck persists through adulthood while "angel kisses" on the eye lids generally fade as the skin thickens. Strawberry marks increase in size & prominence for about a year before shrinking back & may fade considerably. Ask your dr for specifics. ...Read more

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Do strawberry birthmarks go away on babies?

Do strawberry birthmarks go away on babies?

Depends..........: The answer depends upon the location of the birthmark. Strawberry birthmarks in the midline of the body almost all resolve by around 5 years of age. Birthmarks lateral to the midline may not completely resolve without some help (laser, intralesional steroid injection, beta-blockers).This should, of course, be discussed with your child's physician. ...Read more

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Is it possible to bleach away my birthmark?

Would Not Recommend: Bleaching birthmarks is a common practice, but often leads to potentially serious skin damage. Birthmarks are due to special pigment cells in the deepest layer of our skin. So bleaching or other topical agents--like lotions--generally do not work. Please see a dermatologist for further information about birthmark removal. ...Read more

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Does anyone know about red type of birthmark?

Various types: There are a variety of red birthmarks that appear on babies. Their eventual status varies with type & location. The typical "storks bite" on the back of the neck persists through adulthood while "angel kisses" on the eye lids generally fade as the skin thickens. Strawberry marks increase in size & prominence for about a year before shrinking back & may fade considerably. Ask your dr for specifics. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to rid of my birthmarks?

Can you tell me how to rid of  my birthmarks?

Varies: Birthmark is a broad term that encompasses many different types of marks. Some can be removed surgically or lightened up with lasers or other treatments. Some are so extensive and fixed in place that no treatment would be advised.Location is also quite important to the treatment choices.Your pcp can direct you to a dermatologist with experience in the area. ...Read more

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Could i pierce through a birthmark? Is it safe?

Could i pierce through a birthmark? Is it safe?

Depends: If it is a hemangioma or port wine stain, blood vessel birthmark, then you can have severe bleeding. If it is another type of birthmark, then it should be ok. If you are not sure, you can ask a doctor. ...Read more

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Is a red birthmark dangerous when it is a knot?

Is a red birthmark  dangerous when it is a knot?

Reply : Majority of births marks are not harmful. Most likely the one you are talking about sounds like a hemangioma if that's what the doctors have told you then don't worry. ...Read more

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Please tell me, could birthmarks become cancerous?

Please tell me, could birthmarks become cancerous?

Some do, most don't: Certain birth marks have no potential for later conversion to a malignancy.Some are well known for the possibility. To tell the difference, an evaluation by your doc can sort this out. ...Read more

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Can a birthmark come back after you had it removed?

Can a birthmark come back after you had it removed?

Not usually: Most birthmarks can either be pigmented nevi or vascular flame nevi. They usually lighten up with age and will usually not return once they have disappeared. No treatment is required. ...Read more

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What can you do to tan skin around a big birthmark ?

What can you do to tan skin around a big birthmark ?

Halo Nevus?: Skin around a halo nevus will burn, but not tan, as it lacks cells that produce melanin. This is the one appropriate use of spray tan, but only on that spot, and you still need sunblock. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1057446-overview. ...Read more

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What could have caused my birthmark to get infected?

Trauma: Not knowing exactly what kind of birthmark you have makes the answer to this question difficult. The most common reason why a birthmark would get infected would be if it were traumatized. Picking at it, scratching at it, or rubbing it could cause it to become infected. ...Read more