Laser port wine stains and veins removal is a treatment which is used to remove vascular birthmarks - commonly referred to as port wine stains which are caused by abnormal blood vessel development in the skin.

What is laser port wine stains and veins removal?

A capillary malformation is another name which is used for a vascular birthmark.

The abnormal blood vessel development which leads to port wine stains is caused by gene mutations which occur during pregnancy. This is not an inherited gene change and has not yet been linked to anything which occurs during pregnancy.

How the treatment works

After the application of anaesthetic (if required), the treatment, which typically takes two to ten minutes, will begin. The length of the procedure will depend on the size of the port wine stain. The depth of the port wine stain will usually determine the type of vascular laser which is used in the procedure. The laser beams are absorbed by the red colour in the port wine stain, and the end result is a change in colour. A much lighter colour is usually achievable after four to six treatments.

Who can benefit from laser port wine stain and veins removal?

Laser port wine stains and veins removal treatment can be undergone by young children and teenagers, as well as adult men and women. Those who choose to undergo the procedure should have realistic expectations of the outcome. In general, ideal candidates for the procedure which have a naturally light complexion, and do not have a tan. Those who have rosacea - the relatively rare skin condition which involves visible blood vessels and redness in the face - should have a good skin regimen in order to avoid reoccurrence.

What are the advantages of laser port wine stain and veins removal?

The main benefit of the laser port wine stains and veins removal treatment is the removal of the vascular birthmark itself, which some people may feel may improve their appearance. After receiving this aesthetic enhancement, some people may enjoy increased self-confidence as a result. Children undergoing the procedure can avoid the development of cobblestones (ridges or bumps) in later life.