Many people have birthmarks. These are areas of pigmented marks or moles on the skin. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Despite their name, birthmarks aren’t always present at birth but may develop shortly after. Though many birthmarks are harmless, some can be irritating or be an early sign of cancerous activity. You should have your birthmarks checked by a dermatologist in order to make sure it is harmless. If you wish to get treatment for a birthmark, then come into Essential Dermatology to get started.
What Causes Birthmarks?
Researchers do not fully understand what exactly causes birthmarks. Some think that it is a build-up of cells which causes the pigmentation. Melanocytes are cells in the skin which add color, if these grow rapidly in a cluster then they can cause patches of pigmentation. There is not one kind of birthmark, in fact, there are a few types, such as:
- Hemangioma: This is a bright red area which tends to grow quickly before fading away. Can cause pain and discomfort.
- Port-wine stain: A patch of pigmented skin that usually doesn’t fade.
- Mole: This is a small, dark-colored mark.
Symptoms of Birthmarks
- Pigmented patches of skin
- Red, brown, white, or tan
- On skin at the time of birth or shortly after
Treatments for Birthmarks
If you are looking for treatment for your birthmark there are many options available to you at Essential Dermatology. Depending on your personal goals, the method will vary. Dr. Krathen can use laser therapy, surgical removal, or certain medications to help remove the birthmarks. It may take a few appointments or combination of methods to achieve your desired results. It is important to track any changes to your birthmarks. This could be an indicator of cancer.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are unhappy with a birthmark or have noticed it looking abnormal, you should get it checked by a dermatologist. Dr. Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist leading the team at Essential Dermatology. He will work with you to find a treatment method that accomplishes your goals.
To get started, call our office at (508) 827-2615 or request a consultation by filling out our online form. To book an appointment, schedule your visit as a new patient using our online scheduler or as an existing patient using the Mass General Brigham Patient Gateway.
Meet Dr. Michael Krathen
Dr. Michael Krathen is a board-certified dermatologist with more than a decade of medical training and experience. A specialist in both medical and cosmetic dermatology, he uses expertise, collaboration, and compassion to help people of all ages discover their healthiest and most radiant skin.