If you’re concerned about the appearance of a dark spot or spots on your skin, please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088. Dr. Michele S. Green, a board certified NYC dermatologist, practices the latest techniques at the forefront of skin care to give you the look that you deserve.
Birthmarks such as cherry angiomas, hemangiomas, congential nevi and Nevus of Ota can all be treated effectively with the right approach.
Hemangiomas are benign growths that are present on the skin and are made up of endothelial cells, which are the same types of cells that line blood vessels. Thirty percent of hemangiomas are present at birth.
Most hemangiomas that are present from birth disappear without treatment, such as superficial or “strawberry” hemangiomas. Larger or deeper hemangiomas may require steroid injections or laser therapy to reduce the size of the vessels. Recent studies show that the beta-blocker propanolol may be effective in reducing severe hemangiomas in infants.
Congenital Nevi are also present at birth and result from a proliferation of benign melanocytes in the dermis, epidermis, or both. Congenital nevi are present in one to two percent of newborn infants. Congenital nevi are one of several known risk factors for the eventual development of melanoma. By the time a child reaches adolescence, the incidence of melanoma increases substantially, with a rate of 13.2 cases per million children aged 15-19 years.
Congenital nevi have been stratified into 3 groups based on size. Small nevi are less than 1.5 cm in diameter, medium nevi are between 1.5 and 19.9 cm in diameter, and large or giant nevi are greater than 20 cm in diameter. These giant congenital nevi place individuals at an increased risk for malignant melanoma at the site. The risk for melanoma has been reported to be five to seven percent by age 60 years. The risk for developing melanoma in smaller congenital nevi also occurs at puberty or later.
Nevus of Ota is an uncommon dermal melanosis most commonly seen at birth in children of Japanese descent, although it can affect individuals of any ethnicity. The lesions generally get darker and increase in size after puberty. Recommended treatment by Dr. Green begins soon after diagnosis using multiple sessions of laser therapy to avoid darkening and extension of the lesion.
Dr. Michele Green has cutting edge lasers to treat birth marks that are red as well as brown. She utilizes the Candela V-Beam for port wine stains and the new Candela Tri-Vantage to remove nevus of Ota and other congenital lesions.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 if you’re ready to learn more about treating birthmarks and pigmented lesions.