Birthmarks are a fairly common condition in which the skin is marked by red, pink, or brown spots. Many men and women have birthmarks ranging in size, shape, and color. While some birthmarks are small and inconspicuous, others can be much larger and more noticeable, detracting from the PDnatural beauty of the face. Luckily, there are treatments available for most types of birthmarks. At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, our expert dermatologists will consult with patients to determine the best means of treating whatever kind of birthmark they have.

Types Of Birthmarks

Birthmarks can be of two types: pigmented or vascular. Pigmented birthmarks are the result of large concentrations of melanin in one spot, and are most often brown in color. Types of pigmented birthmarks include cafe au lait spots, moles, and Mongolian spots. Vascular birthmarks, on the other hand, are red or pink and are caused by enlarged blood vessels. Types of vascular birthmarks include port wine stains, hemangiomas, and macular stains.

Birthmarks are not always present from birth; occasionally they will show up after. Some birthmarks will fade away on their own, while others linger into adulthood. Especially prominent birthmarks can cause self-consciousness and embarrassment for both children and adults, but most can be treated safely and effectively through a variety of treatment options.

Treatments For Birthmarks


IPL, or intense pulsed light, is a good option for treating superficial red and brown birthmarks, along with other conditions that cause redness, such as rosacea, sun damage, and spider veins. An IPL treatment is gentle and effective, with no recovery time required. IPL can be used safely on the face, arms, chest, back, legs, and hands!