Sturge-Weber syndrome (SWS) is a rare, congenital (present at birth), noninherited disorder characterized by the vascular malformation (birthmark) called a port wine stain, usually seen on an infant's face.
The common appearing birthmark is a tiny red or purple mark.
The treatment involves aiming short, rapid bursts of intense laser light at the birthmark, causing it to stop growing or shrink.
A laser will also lighten darker areas of the skin when it penetrates the surface, so the result is a less noticeable birthmark.
Note, however, that laser treatment is the preferred method of birthmark removal, and that a surgical procedure is truly the last resort.
Treatment costs will vary depending on the size of the birthmark site, as well as the color intensity of the birthmark.
Individuals are cautioned to stay out of the sunlight after a birthmark removal session, so if you do need to head outdoors, be sure to cover up with a sunscreen of at least SPF 15.
Embolization: A special material is injected into the vessel blocks blood flow, which helps control blood loss from a bleeding birthmark or reduces the size of inoperable growths.
The hardest part for parents is to wait until the birthmarks begin to fade on their own or, in the case of a birthmark that does not fade, waiting until the child is old enough for surgical management.
They should call the pediatrician if they notice bleeding from the birthmark, if a sore develops on the birthmark, if the mark is growing larger.
Some choose to use makeup to cover the birthmark if at all possible, but often birthmark removal is a more viable option.
She's Irish and they call her Flag, because of her birthmark.
He once dreamed her naked torso was horribly disfigured by a giant birthmark but the truth was more likely childlike modesty kept in check by a general arrogance that forbade her to admit anything deemed to be a weakness.
Often they have never seen a birthmark before and they may feel a bit awkward and unsure what to do.
One of us had a strawberry birthmark on the back of his hand.
Who, either in Dickens ' novels or in Bleak House had a red birthmark?
I almost forgot me and my mom have the same birthmark as my Grandad.
However, I falsely believe that the look-alike, not the king, has a small birthmark -- their only difference.
Birthmarks on babies - As many as one in three babies are born with a birthmarks on babies - As many as one in three babies are born with a birthmark.
No. A port wine stain is a birthmark created by malformed and dilated blood vessels.
Skin-Your baby's skin will be examined for any type of birthmark, such as a hemangioma or Mongolian spots.
About one in every three infants has a birthmark.
For appearance or cosmetic reasons, medical treatment may be necessary if the birthmark does not disappear on its own.
The birthmark is discoloration of the skin that starts before or just after birth.
In some cases, the birthmark can be surgically excised, or removed.
A mole or birthmark anywhere on your person that has changed in color or size, is sensitive to touch, or bleeds.
In both cases, removal of the birthmark may be necessary.
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