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Birthmark Removal

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.

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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. Depending on the placement and coloring of the birthmark, people don’t always feel that these unique marks add aesthetic value. If you’re not happy with your birthmark, Dr. Wendel in Nashville can provide a safe and comfortable birthmark removal process through either laser birthmark removal or surgical excision.


There are two ways that our team at Dr. J. J. Wendel Plastic Surgery approaches birthmark removal: laser birthmark removal or surgical excision. During laser birthmark removal, our laser technology uses pulses of light energy to reduce the appearance of birthmarks. It’s most effective for vascular and port-wine birthmarks that are close to the surface of the skin. A series of outpatient treatments may be necessary to get the best results. 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.


Surgical excision may be needed to remove a brown, pigmented birthmark. Generally, birthmark removal through surgical excision can be completed on an outpatient basis in a procedure that lasts about an hour. After the procedure, you should experience little or no pain.

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