Port-wine stain birthmarks can be difficult to deal with, but birthmark treatments are becoming increasingly common. Everyone wants to stand out, but sometimes a birthmark can make you feel like you’re getting the wrong type of attention. At Zel Skin & Laser Specialists, we believe you should feel good about how you look. If that means lightening the appearance of a port-wine stain through birthmark treatments, we’re ready to help.
Many patients we see have port-wine stains (naevus flammeus), a very common type of birthmark. These reddish or purplish marks on the skin are the result of malformed blood vessels. The blood vessel deformation causes them to remain dilated, or open, all the time. Luckily, this type of mark responds very well to birthmark treatments. If a discolored spot on your body has been drawing unwanted attention, schedule a visit with your dermatologist.
What You Need to Know About Port-Wine Stains
Around 3 in 1,000 are born with this type of birthmark, making it an exceedingly common phenomenon. These marks typically appear on the face and upper body, which can make them difficult to conceal. As a person ages, the mark will typically thicken and darken, becoming more noticeable over time. The surface of a port-wine stain can become uneven and bumpy, and some may be susceptible to bleeding.
That said, if your port-wine stain birthmark bleeds frequently or easily, make an appointment with your dermatologist. This type of bleeding may be a sign of skin cancer. The best way to receive an accurate diagnosis is to receive a total body exam conducted by a licensed dermatologist, like we provide here at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists.
What to Expect at Your Birthmark Treatment
Lasers have made a huge impact on treating port-wine stains. Most of these birthmarks respond well to treatment with a pulsed dye laser. This is because these lasers can reduce blood vessels near the skin without significantly damaging the skin itself. The concentrated beam of light lightens the appearance and softens the texture of these birthmarks.
Port-wine stain birthmark treatments typically require several sessions to achieve the desired results. It is important to remember that laser treatments may not completely remove a birthmark, but they will almost always lighten the color and make the spot less noticeable. Directly after the treatment, your skin will be sensitive for a couple of days. Wear sunscreen, try to keep out of the sun, and protect the treated skin.
At Zel Skin & Laser Specialists, we believe your skin is too important to leave to chance. We use the most advanced laser technologies and conduct our own internal research to prove our birthmark treatments will be effective.
We are a dermatologist-owned and dermatologist-directed clinic, and we’ve invested in more laser technology than any other clinic in the Twin Cities. Our goal is to help you achieve your skin’s best appearance with a comprehensive, life-long approach to caring for your skin. If you’re interested in getting treatment for your port-wine birthmark, or if your birthmark appears suspicious in any way, make an appointment.
*Results may vary per patient.
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Dr. Zelickson is thorough and patiently attentive to my concerns. Such a great practice and so easy to deal with. A great emphasis on safety during this pandemic which I really appreciate.
Brian brings a unique combination of medical science, clinical expertise, integrity and compassion to his patients. He provides the latest technology available in the field of dermatology but with a personalized touch for each patient. He is highly respected by his colleagues throughout the country for his expertise and sincerity.
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It is rare to find a dermatologist who is as knowledgeable about the many facets of clinical and cosmetic dermatology as Dr. Zelickson. Because of his knowledge and honesty, doctors worldwide know they can depend on his assessment of new therapies, procedures and medical devices. This, in turn, has made him a much sought–after speaker for the plethora of professional medical society meetings and engagements that we have throughout the year. I am honored to know Dr. Zelickson and consider him a friend to the profession.
Dr. Brian Zelickson was one of our initial Thermage investigators and helped us understand the mechanisms of non–invasive skin tightening. He is a renowned expert on how collagen can affect skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of this country’s leading laser experts. Not only is he unparalleled as a laser surgeon, it is not an exaggeration to state that his superb research helps determine the future of dermatologic laser surgery.
Dr. Zelickson is a highly regarded skin/light expert in our industry. When Candela looks for both medical and scientific advice for new laser applications, we often turn to him for his counsel. The input he provides us always starts with patient safety and satisfaction. We feel fortunate to be able to tap into Brian as an independent resource. The patients who are treated with Candela devices are often the beneficiaries of Brian’s input to us.
Most patients prefer seeing a doctor who is known for a particular specialty or procedure, but all patients want to see the doctor who invented the procedure or therapy. Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the most respected physicians in the field of cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. He has lectured around the world and is one of the most sought–after speakers for all major meetings in dermatology.
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We have felt honored to have Dr. Brian Zelickson, a world–renowned dermatologist who is distinguished as a high–quality care physician, serving as the investigator evaluating Syneron non–invasive skin tightening technology
I trained with Dr. Zelickson at Mayo Clinic, and I found him to be a very bright and creative dermatologist and scientist. Later, he was our best advisor when we set up our clinic in the Basque Country in Spain. I call him the ‘paparazzi of dermatology.’ His contribution to our speciality is probably among the best of this century.
Tuve la suerte de conocer al Dr. Brian Zelickson en Minneapolis hace muchos anos y desde entonces acudo regularmente a compartir sus conocimientos. Es un científico honrado, brillante, creativo e innovador. Nunca deja de sorprenderte agradablemente.
Dr. Zelickson is a very well–respected dermatologist, not only in the U.S., but also in Europe. He is famous for being the author of relevant dermatological studies published in many prestigious medical journals and for the improvements he’s made on minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that are being used by dermatologists all over the world.
Our view from Europe of Dr. Brian Zelickson is that he is one of the leading four or five U.S. laser dermatologists. His research contributions, his superb lectures and his expert knowledge of laser skin surgery make him a valued friend, colleague and guest.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in cutaneous laser surgery. He has performed groundbreaking research over the past decade, advancing the field as well as expertly providing the most up–to–date laser treatments for his patients.
Brian Zelickson is a world–renowned laser expert who helps develop the lasers and treatment parameters used by the rest of the world. He is where others turn to learn the latest techniques in laser surgery. If you want the best treatment available, delivering the best results in the safest environment available, there is no need to look anywhere else.
I have met many laser experts in my 20 years of teaching, lecturing and running a busy practice. There is no one who I respect more than Brian. If I have a clinical question or research idea, Brian is one of the few individuals I call, as I know I can count on his intellect, integrity and common sense.
Dr. Zelickson is one of America’s most knowledgeable laser experts. He has done pioneering work with many of the laser and light–based technologies developed in the world over the last 10 years. He is a giant in the field.
Dr. Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in the field of lasers for the treatment of the skin. His many years experience in treating thousands of patients with lasers and other medical devices makes him one of the most sought–after doctors in this field. Innovation and caring are his trademarks.