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Birthmark Removal by Laser Skin Resurfacing

Birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing utilizes either an ablative or non ablative fractional laser therapy to vaporize old skin cells and promote new healthy cell growth.

Birthmark Removal by Laser Skin Resurfacing

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

2 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Laser/Light Therapy

Surgical

No

Cost

$500 - $3500

The Specifics


What is birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing?

Birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing uses a fractional (targeted) ablative or non ablative laser to reduce the appearance of or entirely remove both vascular and pigmented birthmarks. Ablative lasers are more aggressive with more significant results, and more healing time. The non ablative lasers have less side effects, but require more treatments to achieve the same results.

Common laser resurfacing laser treatments include CO2 lasers and Erbium lasers. The Laser Skin Resurfacing techniques used for birthmark removal are the same seen in laser treatment of fine lines, acne scars, sun damage, age spots, and other areas of damaged skin. All birthmarks should be assessed by a dermatologist prior to cosmetic surgery to rule out skin cancer.

What cosmetic concerns does a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing procedure treat?

  1. Birthmarks, Moles, & Skin Growths: Targeting old skin cell layers for removal, Birthmark Removal by Laser Skin Resurfacing destroys melanin clusters and stops blood supply to vascular birthmarks for new skin growth and reduction in the appearance of skin lesions.

Who is the ideal candidate for a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing procedure?

The ideal candidate for a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing has vascular or pigmented birthmarks they wish to remove for cosmetic reasons. Birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing is not recommended for those with dark skin tones due to risk of hypopigmentation or those prone to keloid scar formation.

What is the average recovery associated with a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing procedure?

The amount of recovery time will vary by the type of laser used in the birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing procedure. Non-ablative lasers are less aggressive and, therefore, have less associated side effects and recovery with most patients being fully recovered within a week or two. Ablative lasers are more invasive, and cause more skin irritation and damage with additional weeks of recovery time. Limited sun exposure, ice packs, and diligent skincare help to aid the healing process, and reduce side effects.

What are the potential side effects of a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing procedure?

Potential side effects following a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing include burns or skin damage from laser heat, scarring, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation, reactivation of cold sores, bacterial skin infections, and milia (white bumps).

What can someone expect from the results of a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing procedure?

The results of a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing are not immediately noticeable after the treatment, but develop over weeks to months as skin heals and rejuvenates. Patients should limit sun exposure and use sunscreen during this time to lessen the risk of irregular skin pigmentation. Annual treatments may be needed to maintain results.

What is the average cost of a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing procedure?

A birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing procedure can cost anywhere from $100 to $7,000. The actual cost of a birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing is dependent upon location, plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.

Pros

effectivereduce birthmarkremove birthmark

Cons

multiple treatments

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


Laser resurfacing can be used to lessen the appearance of both vascular and pigmented birthmarks. Although a fractional laser will be used during treatment, either an ablative or non-ablative laser can be used to treat unwanted birthmarks. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after birthmark removal by laser resurfacing.

The Takeaway


A birthmark removal by laser skin resurfacing procedure can provide noticeable enhancements or even complete removal of both pigmented and vascular birthmarks. By removing the outermost layer of skin cells and promoting new healthy cell formation, laser skin resurfacing procedures effectively even and smooth the complexion.

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  1. American Academy of Dermatology Association Tattoo Removal: Lasers Outshine Other Methods aad.org
  2. Leelawadee Techasatian Neonatal Birthmarks: A Prospective Survey in 1000 Neonates PubMed.gov; 2019-03-29
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