Welcome to White Pebble Dermatology practice in Columbia, Maryland, and Highland, Maryland! A birthmark is a discoloration or blemish that is present on the skin at birth or develops shortly afterward. Birthmarks are typically harmless and don't require treatment, but they can cause emotional distress, be an indication of a more serious underlying condition or evolve into skin cancer under certain circumstances. In this section, we'll discuss birthmarks in more detail and explain how our team can help you manage this condition.
What is a Birthmark?
A birthmark is a discoloration or blemish that is present on the skin at birth or appears shortly afterward. There are two main types of birthmarks: pigmented and vascular. Pigmented birthmarks are caused by an overgrowth of pigment cells, and they appear as flat, dark patches on the skin. Vascular birthmarks are caused by an abnormal growth of blood vessels, and they appear as red or pink marks on the skin.
How is Birthmark diagnosed?
The diagnosis of a Birthmark is usually made based on the history and clinical appearance. Dermoscopy can aid in its diagnosis. If in doubt, a biopsy can be performed to confirm the diagnosis or rule out skin cancer.
Most birthmarks are harmless and don't require treatment. However, some birthmarks can evolve into skin cancer. Therefore, an initial check of the birthmarks by dermatology specialists and then a routine check after that if needed is essential. if a birthmark is causing emotional distress or is an indication of an underlying condition, or is at high risk of developing into skin cancer, treatment may be necessary. There are a variety of effective treatment options for birthmarks, including:
- Laser therapy: a non-invasive treatment that uses targeted light to remove the birthmark
- Surgery: a procedure in which the birthmark is removed with a scalpel or other surgical tool
- Topical medications: creams, gels, and lotions that are applied directly to the skin to reduce the appearance of the birthmark
Our team of dermatology specialists will work closely with you to determine the best treatment approach based on the size, location, and type of birthmark.
Why Choose Us?
At our dermatology practice, we understand the impact that birthmarks can have on your skin and your overall well-being. That's why we are committed to providing compassionate, personalized care to each and every one of our patients. Our team of experienced dermatology specialists has the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best possible care and treatment for birthmarks.
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Ready to Take the First Step?
If you're concerned about a birthmark or are interested in learning more about our treatment options, we invite you to call/text to schedule a consultation with one of our dermatology specialists. We look forward to helping you achieve healthier, clearer skin.