Treating Port Wine Stains: What You Need to Know
Port wine stains (PWS) are a type of birthmark caused by dilated blood vessels under the skin. As with any medical condition, it’s important to understand your treatment options before deciding on a course of action. Thankfully, there are several effective treatments for PWS that can help reduce the appearance of these birthmarks. Let’s look at some of the most popular options available today.
Laser therapy has become an increasingly popular treatment option for port wine stains (PWS), due to its non-invasive nature and minimal side effects. It combines the use of a long pulse 1064 nm laser with AFT (IPL) 500nm -600nm, which works together to target and destroy abnormal blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface that cause PWS discoloration; ultimately improving their appearance over time. While results may take multiple sessions before becoming fully visible, when done correctly this method can be highly effective in minimizing presence of PWS on any part of the body.
Electrodessication and Curettage (ED&C) is an effective treatment option for PWS that utilizes electrical current to reduce the size of blood vessels and remove the surface layers impacted by stains. Although it often works in tandem with laser therapy, this method may be used if other treatments have been ineffective. It’s a straightforward process but possible side effects like redness or swelling should not go unnoticed – this should be done with caution!
Topical Medications In some cases, corticosteroid creams or gels may be used to help reduce redness associated with PWS. These medications can have unwanted side effects such as skin thinning or stretch marks so they should only be used after careful consideration and consultation with a doctor or aesthetic practitioner who specializes in treating PWS.
Surgical Excision In severe cases, surgical removal of the affected skin may be necessary to completely remove a port wine stain from an individual’s body. This should only be done after all other treatment options have been explored and deemed unsuccessful, as it carries its own risks including scarring and infection.
When considering any type of medical procedure—especially one involving aesthetic medicine—it’s important to do your research first and consult with an experienced doctor or aesthetic practitioner who specializes in treating PWS before making any decisions about which course of action you want to pursue. Our laser-specializing team would love to discuss your options further if you decide you want more information on treating patients with port wine stains!
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