Laser therapy only works on
birthmarks that are close to the surface of the skin.
It commonly is used to lighten the appearance or reduce the bumpiness of
port-wine stains. Laser therapy is used to treat a superficial hemangioma only
in rare cases, because this type of birthmark generally goes away on its own.
Laser therapy for birthmarks can be an effective treatment. Ask
your doctor to show you photographs of birthmarks that have been treated and
photographs of birthmarks that have not been treated.
March 21, 2011
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology
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