Birthmark Removal by Light Therapy

Light therapy can be used to diminish the appearance of both pigmented and vascular birthmarks. Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, breaks down the abnormal blood vessels or pigmentation inconsistencies to make unwanted birthmarks less noticeable.

Birthmark Removal by Light Therapy Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Birthmark Removal by Light Therapy
avg. recovery
1 days
Is permanent
Laser/Light Therapy
$200 - $600

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 08.05.2021

Light therapy can help reduce the appearance of pigmented and vascular birthmarks. Pigmented birthmarks are caused by irregularities in the melanin in the skin whereas vascular birthmarks are the result of blood vessel abnormalities. The resulting blemishes can effect one's confidence and self esteem when spots are large or ill-placed. If a pigmented birthmark is raised, your doctor may recommend excision via a shave, punch, or surgical method. Light therapy, intense pulsed light, or IPL, helps unwanted blemishes disappear by cutting off the blood supply to vascular birthmarks and breaking up the melanin in pigmented birthmarks. During an IPL treatment, a hand-held device delivers a visible pulse of broad spectrum light. This light targets the difference in color from the birthmark and the natural skin complexion. When the light is absorbed, the blood vessels and irregular pigments are heated and destroyed. Light therapy is not as targeted as a fractional laser resurfacing treatment for birthmark removal, meaning number and duration of treatments will vary considerably depending on the size and color of the treated area.

The goal of birthmark removal by light therapy is to reduce the appearance of a birthmark.


Birthmark Removal by Light Therapy addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Recovery from an IPL treatment is typically minimal although significant changes may not be noticeable until several weeks after treatment. It is common for patients to experience mild erythema and a stinging sensation for several hours after treatment. Ice packs may be used to alleviate any discomfort.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for birthmark removal by light therapy should have healthy skin that is not prone to easy bruising and doesn’t suffer from severe scarring issues like keloid formation. People with well-hydrated or mildly-oily and supple skin are best suited for this treatment, though other skin types are also treatable by controlling the intensity of the light pulses.

Not Recommended For

Birthmark removal by light therapy isn't recommended for candidates who have darker skin tones or are dependent upon blood thinner medications like warfarin or heparin supplementation.

Side Effects

After a light therapy treatment, the skin may take on a sunburned appearance, followed by some swelling and peeling.


  • reduce birthmark
  • remove birthmark


  • multiple treatments

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