Posts for: July, 2018
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, almost everyone has birthmarks or pigmented skin. While they are considered “abnormal” they are usually benign. They could show up anywhere on the body, including the arms, legs, or the face. Pigmented skin could be a cosmetic concern for some patients depending on the size and location of the mark. Talk to dermatologist Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, to explore your options.
Birthmarks and Pigmented Skin
A birthmark could be as small as a dot or as big as the palm of your hand. It is caused by cells reproducing abnormally in one spot on the skin, causing a mark that has a different color compared to the rest of your skin. Birthmarks fall under two categories: pigmented (brown, black, blue, purple, or light tan in color) or red (caused by a vascular issue). They are present at or soon after birth, and almost everyone has at least one.
Most concerns about birthmarks are cosmetic. Though they are usually very tiny and unnoticeable, in some cases they are large and can appear in unfortunate locations. Some patients have permanent red birthmarks that appear on the face called strawberry hemangiomas, port-wine stains, angel kisses, or stork bites. One type of pigmented birthmark called a Mongolian spot looks more like a bruise. Some patients who are at a high risk for skin cancers need to monitor their birthmarks when they’re classified as moles. In this case, they should be seen by your Charleston, SC, dermatologist if there are any changes.
Can Birthmarks Be Removed?
Some people go a lifetime with their birthmarks and have no problem with them. Sometimes they disappear on their own. But when the mark is very large or distracting, you may wonder if there is a way to have it removed. Your dermatologist will examine the birthmark to determine if it can be treated. Possible options include topical or injected steroids, medication to stop the growth of a birthmark, surgical excision, or laser therapy.
Have Your Birthmark Examined
If birthmarks and pigmented skin are making you unhappy with the appearance of your skin, talk to a dermatologist about your options. Call (843) 769-2100 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Joseph Myers at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC.