Birthmark Removal

Birthmark removal is typically a surgical procedure that permanently removes skin discolorations that appear at birth. Although usually not a medical issue, birthmarks can pose cosmetic concerns that can be easily remedied. 

Is Birthmark Removal
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Pre and Post Operative Instructions

Birthmarks are discolorations on the skin that appear at or shortly after birth. Birthmarks can be vascular or pigmented in nature. Vascular birthmarks occur due to an overgrowth of vessels rather than pigment and appear as pink or red markings. While most of these birthmarks tend to fade over time, port wine stains are usually permanent and require treatment to eliminate.

Pigmented marks are due to an overgrowth of melanin (pigment) producing cells and can vary in color between shades of black, brown, or gray. The most common types of pigmented birthmarks include: 

Mole: Known as a congenital melanocytic nevus. Marks that tend to be very dark and can appear anywhere on the body.

Cafe au Lait: These are milky, tan birthmarks that typically appear in an oval shape and may form after birth.

Mongolian Spots: Typically gray or blue and may appear similar to a bruise. Generally appear on areas of the body like the back and buttocks. 

If you have a birthmark that poses a cosmetic concern, your surgeon will provide a comprehensive exam and discuss your goals to understand if this procedure is right for you during your initial consultation.


Before surgery

A patient care concierge will guide you through the entire consultation process, which can be attended in person or virtually. During the consultation, your surgeon will learn about your goals, answer any questions, and perform an examination to create a personalized surgical plan. You will then be matched with a surgical coordinator who will walk you through each step of the preoperative process.

Stop smoking
Fill prescriptions
Stop medications and supplements that exacerbate bleeding
Plan time away from work, childcare & pet care for recovery
Find a family member or friend to bring you home & assist you after surgery

During surgery

The specific methods used in your birthmark removal will vary based on the size and depth of the marking. Once removed, a special layered suturing technique minimizes tension on the incision during the healing process, allowing for minimal scarring. This technique is especially beneficial for noticeable treatment locations, like the face. 

If the marking looks suspicious in any way, a sample will be sent for biopsy. Rest assured that since the mark is completely removed at the time of the excision, even a detected malignancy will have been effectively treated.

Surgery duration
1 hour

After surgery

This minimally invasive procedure requires minor recovery. Your surgeon will provide detailed postoperative instructions and closely monitor your healing and recovery in the weeks following surgery. 

Immediate Recovery Period
3 days
Final Results
3 months
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