Birthmarks are slight discolorations on the skin that appear at birth (clinical term: congenital birthmark). While we might have grown accustomed to our birthmarks, not all marks add cosmetic value to our appearances. In fact, they are oftentimes a nuisance, distracting others with their unsightly or unflattering appearance. Regardless of what type of birthmark you have, we recommend you schedule a consultation with a certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Barrett. It is important to have a professional surgeon remove birthmarks located in cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face utilizing optimal closure techniques to avoid any further blemishing.
Anyone with a birthmark that they want removed for cosmetic or medical reasons in cosmetically sensitive areas is a prime candidate for surgery. Cosmetically sensitive areas usually refer to the face, eyelids, nose, lips, neck, arms, breasts, shoulders, hands, and legs.
Results and Recovery
Recovery is typically two weeks for healing. While absorbable stitches have become rather popular, Dr. Barrett discourages them because they can cause inflammation when the body tries to break down the suture. As a better alternative, he uses non-reactive sutures that are removed at week one and two post-surgery. After all the stitches are removed, patients begin a taping protocol for an additional two more weeks to provide optimal healing and sun protection. After taping, our patients then start a 3-month scar gel treatment protocol to optimize and minimize scar remodeling and reduction. To ensure optimal results, patients should avoid swimming, bathing, or hot tubs for the first two weeks following surgery.