A hemangioma is a growth of excess blood vessels that appears on the skin, usually during infancy. Some are present at birth and others develop or change in early childhood. They are typically either red or pink, but they may also take on a bluish hue (in the case of “deep” hemangiomas). Although this type of skin condition is usually benign, there are certain instances where the hemangioma will need to be removed. This will be the case if the hemangioma is in a sensitive area such as the face, where it may obstruct vision or lead to cosmetic disfigurement. Other hemangiomas that may need to be removed are those that cause ulceration, severe scarring or medical issues. If your child has a hemangioma, consult our office to see if treatment is needed.
Vascular malformations consist of arteries, veins, capillaries or lymphatic vessels. They appear on the skin as a pink, red, or purple birthmarks. Vascular malformations grow as a child ages. In some cases, these skin marks can cause serious problems, or can be the marker for a more serious medical condition. If you are concerned about a vascular malformation on your child, come to Kessel Dermatology to have it examined. We offer several effective treatments, including laser therapy, and surgical procedures.
To learn more about these conditions, you may read more on these informative websites.
- The Hemangioma and Vascular Birthmarks Foundation
- Sturge-Weber Foundation
- The National Organization of Vascular Anomalies
- Sturge-Weber Foundation (Canada) Inc.
- Sturge-Weber Syndrome Community
- Sturge-Weber Syndrome Community Canada
- Vascular Birthmarks – British Association of Dermatologists
- Port wine stain – British Association of Dermatologists