Birthmarks

What is a birthmark?
Birthmarks come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes.  They may be present at birth or develop in the first year of life.  The most common birthmark types are:

How do birthmarks form?
The cause of birthmarks is mostly unknown. Contrary to some old wives’ tales, they do not form as a result of anything done or eaten by the mother during pregnancy.  

How do we remove?
Birthmarks are benign lesions and can be removed if they bother you cosmetically.  Different types of birthmarks are removed in different ways.  Removal methods include:

Surgical

Non-surgical

What can I expect?
An initial examination and consultation will be followed by a discussion of your removal options. Surgical removal of unwanted birthmarks is painless at Orentreich Medical Group as the area is completely anesthetized prior to removal. When a birthmark is removed surgically, it may be sent to a lab for biopsy to ensure that all the cells in the growth are normal.

Some removal methods will require a suture closure, which may require you to return to the office in one week to remove the sutures. You will be advised on how to care for your birthmark removal site to ensure an optimal cosmetic outcome.  

Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.