We are each unique and so are our birthmarks. Birthmarks come in various shapes, sizes, colors and textures. They can appear anywhere on our skin. Some people wish to have them removed for aesthetic reasons. Dr. J. J. Wendel’s team is happy to do so in a comfortable, safe and painless manner.
BEFORE & AFTER BIRTHMARK REMOVAL
Actual patient of Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery.
WHY CHOOSE BIRTHMARK REMOVAL?
A birthmark is a discoloration of skin that is present from the moment of birth. Birthmarks can appear anywhere on your body and come in a wide range of shapes, textures and colors. Unfortunately, these unique marks don’t always add aesthetic value. If you’re not happy with your birthmark, Dr. J. J. Wendel’s team can remove them safely and comfortably with a laser or through surgical excision.
LASER BIRTHMARK REMOVAL NASHVILLE
Laser technology uses pulses of light energy to reduce the appearance of birthmarks; it’s most effective for vascular birthmarks and port-wine stains that are close to the surface of the skin. A series of treatments may be necessary to get the best results. Our RevLite laser is often used to remove birthmarks in a simple outpatient procedure that is performed in our office. Laser birthmark removal is virtually painless and generally doesn’t require anesthetic. Treatment usually takes between several minutes and a few hours, depending on the size and pigmentation of the birthmark. During the procedure, you will feel a tingling sensation, but this should not be uncomfortable. Any slight tenderness, swelling or bruising related to treatment will fade in about a week.
BIRTHMARK REMOVAL THROUGH SURGICAL EXCISION
Surgical excision may be need to remove a brown, pigmented birthmark or one that doesn’t respond to other treatments. Unless the birthmark is unusually large or complications exist, it can be surgically removed on an outpatient basis in a procedure that lasts about an hour. Before the procedure begins, you will receive a local anesthetic to prevent pain. An incision is made into your skin, and the area containing the pigmented tissue is removed. In uncomplicated cases, sutures are not required and the area will heal on its own. Deep or wide excisions may require sutures. After the procedure, you should experience little or no pain. Any swelling, soreness or scabbing of your skin should resolve completely within a few weeks.