The good news is that the days of having to live with an unsightly vascular birthmark are over. Here we hope to answer your most common questions about laser birthmark removal treatment.
Q1. Does laser birthmark removal treatment actually work?
A1. Yes. Laser treatment can remove most if not all the visual effects of birthmarks, port-wine stains, moles and pigmentation, increasing people’s self-esteem as their birthmarks are reduced.
Q2. Is laser birthmark treatment safe?
A2. Yes. Laser treatment is simple and safe. We use the latest most advanced lasers to reduce the colour and intensity of the birthmark and to smooth the affected area. Overall, laser treatment can dramatically fade or remove birthmark stains with virtually no scarring.
Q3. Is laser birthmark removal suitable for all types of birthmarks?
A3. The majority of benign cosmetic birthmarks are very treatable with lasers. Some categories of birthmarks may need to be assessed by a dermatologist or general / plastic surgeon for evaluation before laser treatment is considered. We offer a free consultation to establish your suitability for treatment.
Q4. How does laser birthmark removal work?
A4. The laser light energy is finely focussed on the birthmark, passing harmlessly through the translucent top layers of the skin to heat the underlying blood vessels that are causing the birthmark. When the laser light hits the red colour of the birthmark, the light is absorbed and its energy released as heat. The heat breaks, congeals or cauterizes the small vessels under the skin, which atrophy leaving a lightened colouring.
Q5. Does laser birthmark removal hurt?
A5. During laser birthmark reduction treatment some patients experience a slight stinging sensation, in the skin. Apart from this, the treatment is painless, and the cooling “chill tip” on our laser equipment is normally all that is required reduce any discomfort to an acceptable level. Some patients choose to apply a numbing cream prior to treatment. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
Q6. How long does birthmark removal treatment take?
A6. Treatment time is dependent on the size and extent of the birthmark but can range from a few minutes to an hour per session. While dramatic results may be seen in a single session, several treatments will probably be needed.
Q7. How many laser birthmark reduction treatments are required?
A7. Pigmented birthmarks (cafe-au-lait) can normally be treated in 4-8 treatments whilst vascular birthmarks (port wine stains) may require 6-10 treatments to reduce birthmarks to an acceptable appearance.
Q8. How quickly will I see results?
A8. The majority of the birthmarks show significant improvement following the very first treatment but several treatments will be required for optimum reduction of the birthmark.
Q9. How long does recovery take?
A9. The treatment is non-invasive with virtually no recovery time necessary; you can resume your normal activities immediately after treatment although it is recommended that you avoid strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after laser vein treatment.
Q10. Are there any side effects?
A10. The heat produced by a reaction to the laser light may cause a bruise and / or swelling, which generally disappears within a few days.