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Birthmarks On Lips
See below.: Is it really a birthmark, or is it new? It is not uncommon to have a birthmark anywhere on the body. If it is new, though, you should have a dermatologist check it. If it's been there since birth but has changed, you should also have it checked. If it's been there since birth, but has not changed, you only need to have it checked if it bothers you cosmetically. ...Read more
What treatments are available for a purple 'birthmark' on my lower lip. I tried laser 8 years ago but it didn't work.
Hi, I had a birthmark on the bottom side of my lip and recently 2 appeared near the middle of the bottom lip, what can I do to remove them?
See a dermatologist: To evaluate them and make sure that they are "birth marks" and not something that will resolve on their own. To have them removed, you may want to consult with the dermatologist or a plastic surgeon. ...Read more
I went to the chirurg and he has take away a big birthmark from my chin. But after then I have no feelings in my chin, lips and under chin. What 2 do?
Depends on depth: The location and depth of the birthmark as well as the surgical techniques used to remove the lesion need clarification. It is not unusual to lose some sensation in and around the scar. However regional numbness may indicate temporary or permanent compromise of the nerve supplying the region, in many instances sensation will improve over a 1-2 year period and sometimes sooner. Follow up w/ surgeon. ...Read more
Hi, I'm 28 years old and I have few birthmarks or beauty spot have appeared on the bottom right corner of my lip and one on my lip. Is it normal?
Nothing specific: I find these occasionally. The importance depends on the type of birthmark. Some are benign and no treatment indicated. Some will be associated with other conditions that will be monitored. Some may be associated with conversion to a cancer in later life and can be removed easily at some point. ...Read more
I have a strawberry type birthmark on my head that is changing. It's browning in the middle and hardening on the edges. Should I worry?
Birthmarks do change: Over time, but it needs to be seen by your dermatologist for correct diagnosis and treatment ...Read more
Black marks on penis head? Looks like someone wrote a line with a black marker on it. Birthmark? Noticed it just now. I'm 28. No pain or itch.
One of my strawberry birthmarks hurts (one top of head) scalp sunken in with mound around it that is painful. Alopecia is spreading. Clueless?
See dermatologist: Your strawberry mark may be infected and swollen. Consult your primary doctor. Alopecia is different condition and its cause usually not known. Best is talk to dermatologist about your problem for alopecia if he has some suggestion to prevent spreading of alopecia. ...Read more
Have birthmark on head mri last week shown diffuse haemangioma in skull bone?! should I be worried cant stop panicking risk of death?
Relax: These grow their fastest before you reach a year of age and then settle down and just sit or shrink. If you made it to your age you are fine. It is more of a curiosity than a risk. Follow your docs lead on this and settle back into your life. I would't be surprised if they sent you around to a few docs to share the curious finding. ...Read more
Brown spot flat on head don't think its birthmark bc it just appared kinda symetrical but not perfectly round and swollen glands back of head related?
Yes: If it is a typical hemangioma, most of the times yes! The general rule of thumb is that 90% are gone by 9 yrs of age, 70% are resolved by age 7, and 50% are gone by age 5. So, be patient and know that most will spontaneously disappear. If it is in a worrisome location (eg. Eyelid, nasal passage, etc), your doctor may refer you to a specialist for treatment to get rid of it earlier. ...Read more
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
Chance or Mongolian: Spot. Almost all asians have a so called "mongolian spot" or patch over the lower spine and upper buttock crease. Present in childhood, they usually fade by adulthood. Cafe-au-lait spots are common birthmarks, 3 or more might suggest neurofibromatosis. Otherwise most birthmarks occur purely by chance. ...Read more
Depends: There are many ways, depending on the birthmark. A pigmented birthmark without vascular involvement might be able to be treated with certain types of laser. A small birthmark could be removed with a minor surgery. Vascular birthmarks can sometimes be treated with laser, surgery, and/or sclerotherapy. Going to a center that specializes in birthmark treatment is the way to go. ...Read more
Depends on birthmark: Some birthmarks will fade over time & need no help while some will persist a lifetime unless surgically removed. Some can be treated by lasers & others have some response to injected medications. Consultation with your pcp, a dermatologist or plastic surgeon may be required for a full understanding of treatment options. ...Read more
Depends: Birthmarks can be variable in their color and cause. Vascular birthmarks can respond to laser treatment but there are other options. Pigmented birthmarks carry with them the concern for malignancy (i.e. Melanoma) and should be addressed with that in mind. I would suggest you find a good dermatologist or plastic surgeon who can consult with you on the best options for you. ...Read more
Complex lesions: There are as many types of birthmarks as answers to this question. Treatment options depend on what type of birthmark you have. There are ones that are pigment, different types of vascular ones, etc. I would meet with a good dermatologist or plastic surgeon, find out what type of birthmark you have, and what options there are for removal. Be sure to ask about scars and side effects after removal. ...Read more
Depends on type.: Some birthmarks are hidden well with makeup/foundation or concealers. There are professionals who also specialize in the best way and products to do that. Depending on the type of birthmark, laser treatments for removal may be an option. You may want to consult in person with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to find out your options. ...Read more