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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
Not likely: Birthmarks are usually caused by increased or decreased pigmentation, or by increased blood vessel formation. It is highly unlikely that topical creams will be potent enough to completely remove a birthmark. Laser therapy is available for this purpose, and may be effective for certain types of beauty/birth marks, if removal is desired. ...Read more
Yes: It will sting and it won't work. ...Read more
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
Hard to say: The incidence of autism has increased significantly and is under 1/100. If your child has some type of identifiable genetic abnormality it may provide you with some additional information. Environmental influence on genetic susceptibilities plays a large role in this epidemic. Look for a provider for yourself and your future child who can help you assess risk and limit exposures. ...Read more
Surgery/excision: The question is why do you want it removed? Most birth marks are benign and cause no trouble. Some are quite large and excision will be more disfiguring than the birthmark. Your best bet is to consult with a plastic surgeon and see what options are available and if you should take advantage of any of them ...Read more
Depends on the mark: I can remove the birth mark but will leave a scar from the surgery. Depending on the age of you child and the type of birth mark, most will fade with age. If the birth mark is a hemangioma, it will enlarge until about 1 year old, then begin to regress. However, Propranolol is being used with some success for this to decrease the size and severity of the hemagioma. ...Read more
I'm 29 years old I have one red birthmark on my face I live in delhi india How can u help me remove my birthmark I'm not rich?
Facial hemangiona: It is very expensive to remove. I recommend to leave it alone & think of it as a beauty mark. Just check with your Dr to make sure that this vascular flat hemangiona is not a a part of port wine stain (Surge Webber syndrome) which can involve the brain. Good luck ...Read more
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
Cosmetic surgery, custodial care, in vitro fertilization, elective abortion, and experimental care are not covered under the most insurance plans program. However, strawberry nevus of the skin is technically considered a "birth defect" and insurance might cover it.
Rec.: getting the pre-autorization first. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on its size and location. Removal is possible and is recommended if it will not create too big a gap to fill in with a skin graft. You should consult a dermatologist and a plastic surgeon may be engaged in this discussion. Some of these big birth marks are at risk for change into melanoma so a consultation is recommended now and monitoring it for the long range is advised. ...Read more
Varies: The term birthmark is a general one that is applied to a number of different skin findings. Some may be responsive to laser treatment while others would require complete surgical excision. The size and location of some would suggest leaving them alone to be the best policy. Consult with a dermatologist and or plastic surgeon for specific treatment in your case. ...Read more
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
I have a large birthmark on my chest and I really want to get it removed. However I'm 16 and apparently I'm too young. Please help as I despise it.
DependsOnBirthMark: It depends on the size and type of Birthmark.If it is flat birth mark it can be cured with Lasers. But if is raised and you can move it between fingers, then it can be excised surgically. You will have to consult a dermatologist with your parents and He/She will be able to tell you how you can get rid of it. ...Read more
I have a port wine birthmark. Is there any treatmentavailable to get it removed or am I scarred for life?
Yes you can have: Birth marks, pigmented and non pigmented can present any where on the skin surface including scrotum, yes can be removed, show to your doctor. ...Read more
It depends: There are many different types of birthmarks that come in many shapes and sizes. My suggestion is that you see both a dermatologist and a plastic surgeon and have them give you options. I am unaware of any proven non-surgical techniques that can help you. ...Read more
Black tongue: The most common reason for a black spot on the tongue is hyper-pigmentation, also known as oral fibroma. Oral fibroma is a genetic trait that causes dark brown or black spots to appear on the tongue like a birth mark. This kind of black tongue spot should not affect taste or cause any pain; it is purely cosmetic. ...Read more
I got 1 large and 1 small black birthmarks on my tongue. I would love to ask that is it possible to remove?
Sure, but...: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance. Consider possible: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals).Get pigmented nevi checked & avoid smoking please. ...Read more
My birthmark may (or may not) have health risks. If I get it removed by a doctor before I get a health risk, will I be fine?
Yes: Should be good if there are no complications from the removal process. Some birthmarks can change in a bad way, so preventative can be good thing, before problems do occur. ...Read more
A birthmark that hurts when shower water hits it? Dermatologist looked and was not worried. Should I get it removed or could a birthmark be sensitive
Depends: Many dermatologists would suggest removal only if the lesion might turn dangerous. If you didn't discuss the sensitivity issue, do so and see what removal would require. Removal may be technically difficult or produce a skin defect that has it's own set of problems. ...Read more