Birthmarks, Portwine Stains & Cherry Angiomas

Port Wine Stains

Port wine stains are congenital malformations of the dermal microvasculature and are present in approximately 3 in 1,000 births. They range in color from light pink to dark purple. Port wine stains can occur anywhere on the body, but the majority appear on the face.  A port wine stain is the most common form of the vascular “birthmark”.  It is a red, blue, or purplish discoloration of the skin frequently seen on the face or neck, but also common on the trunk, arms, and legs. The lesion will never completely go away. However, Laser Genesis can fade the color and make it less noticeableWhile hemagiomas can spontaneously disappear, port wine stains persist throughout life. Port wine stains do not proliferate, but the vessels do progressively dilate. This can result in a thickening and darkening of the port wine stain, with areas becoming raised and nodular.

A vascular laser can improve the appearance of a port wine stain. Laser treatment targets the microvasculature through selective photothermolysis, destroying the vessels that make up the port wine stain.

Cherry Angiomas

Cherry angiomas are small red papules that appear spontaneously on the skin. They typically appear in middle age, and will proliferate. At first appearance, cherry angiomas may be a fraction of a millimeter in size, but typically grow to a couple of millimeters in diameter. Cherry angiomas are often benign, and present more of a cosmetic than a medical concern.  Because cherry angiomas are merely vein clusters, Cutera laser treatment is extremely effective in their treatment. The Cutera laser vein removal system delivers pulses of light energy, causing the blood within the cherry angioma to coagulate. The cherry angiomas are then destroyed and later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow is then redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface. If you have dark, light or tanned skin, you can still get outstanding results with the Cutera laser vein removal system in just one or two treatments.