Many children are born with birthmarks or have a birthmark appear within a few weeks after birth. One of the most common types are hemangiomas, or strawberry birthmarks. While these birthmarks generally fade over time, they can potentially be harmful if they are located in the wrong areas. At LM Medical NYC, we offer hemangioma treatment and removal at our medical facility in Manhattan.
Hemangiomas are a cluster of blood vessels that create a reddish or purple patch on an infant’s skin. These birthmarks are most commonly located on the head, neck and face. Hemangiomas can range from small strawberry marks or “kisses” to larger, more disfiguring patches. In many cases, the birthmark will fade and not cause any problems for the child, but it is important to have a diagnosis by a specialist.
Hemangiomas should be diagnosed and monitored to ensure they do not pose a risk to the infant’s health or permanent appearance. It is possible for a hemangioma to impact vision if they grow near the eyes. They can also impact breathing function when located on the neck near the windpipe.
If a hemangioma is believed to put a child’s health at risk or may cause a deformity, hemangioma treatment or removal may be considered. Dr. Lesley Rabach is a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in treating hemangiomas and vascular birthmarks. Dr. Lesley can evaluate hemangiomas and determine the best hemangioma treatment or removal option to reduce health risks and facial deformity for the child.
If you have a child that was born with a hemangioma, or strawberry birthmark, and you want a specialist diagnosis and treatment evaluation, contact us at LM Medical NYC. We can schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Lesley at our state-of-the-art clinic in Greenwich Village.