Birthmark Mole Removal

There are a number of different types of birthmarks and while some are just small, slightly coloured patches of skin, some are prominent and you will want to have them removed while the child is small.

Different Types of Birthmarks

  • Pigmentation type birthmarks including moles, coffee and cream spots and Mongolian spots.  Moles are often raised from the skin and should be tested to make sure they are not cancerous.  Coffee and cream spots are a slight pale brown pigmentation while Mongolian spots are slate blue.  Most spots will fade quite soon after birth but the moles will remain.
  • Macular stains – pale pink pigmentation that will disappear within the first year –unless they are on the back of the neck.
  • Vascular Malformations –often referred to as port wine stains they are pale at birth but can develop into a purple patch that is very much raised from the skin.
  • Haemangioma- these are formed when numerous blood vessels group together and they can grow quite large.

Birthmark Mole Removal

Birthmark moles can be removed and this can be for either health or cosmetic reasons.  If there are health reasons there should be no charge, but if you just don’t like the look of them and feel you will look better without them then you will have to go privately and pay.
Most birthmarks will need to be removed by a surgeon.  It will be best to research the surgeons before you make an appointment as it is important that you find one you are happy with.  As this may be a child who is going to have the mark removed it will be best to find out of there are any age limits to the procedure and if the surgeon you want to use is used to working with children.

Some birthmarks will be removed by a laser.  There will be a slight pain but not much more than a slight heat on the area that is being treated.  If you feel that the heat is immense don’t be afraid to mention this as if the laser is too hot it can burn the skin.  If you do not react to pain well it may be best to ask for an anaesthetic before the procedure starts.

Birthmark Mole Removal – Costs and After Surgery

It is best to be prepared for what will happen after the surgery as there could be some noticeable difference for a few weeks afterwards.  The area treated will become dark purple and can last for 7-10 days.  On occasions there will be a need for a longer recuperation period as the dark stain may last for six to eight weeks.

The cost of the removal of a birthmark can be in the region of £200-£300.  There are the same risks with this as with any other type of cosmetic mole removal and this is mainly based around the infection afterwards.  There is the risk of some scarring but in the cases of particularly noticeable birthmarks you may decide that this is preferable to what you had.

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