Birthmarks are coloured marks on the skin that are often present at birth or develop soon afterwards. There are several different types of birthmark and they vary in their severity and presence on the body.
Birthmarks can appear anywhere on the body and depending on the size, area and severity, can lead to confidence issues and social stigma. Treating them with the latest advancements in laser technology can help restore inner confidence and reduce the social, emotional and psychological effects that visible birth marks can have.
Advancements in laser and light technology means that birthmarks need not be endured any longer. At Silk Skin Laser Care Clinic our NMC qualified nurses can tailor a course of non-invasive laser treatments to help dramatically reduce the visibility of birthmarks on your skin.
Frequently asked questions about birthmark treatment
How does the treatment work?
Laser and light is released in short pulses that are readily absorbed by the light concentration of melanin found within pigmented lesions. The rapid absorption of light energy heats the melanin and causes the destruction of the melanin-rich cells.
How is the treatment carried out?
During your consultation with a qualified nurse, a treatment procedure will be tailored specifically to you. A laser and light applicator is placed onto the skin and a short pulse of light is released. The hand piece is then moved to the neighbouring area and the process is repeated until the entire area is treated.
Am I suitable for treatment?
Most people are suitable for treatment. We recommend a full consultation with one of our qualified nurses to ascertain your suitability and tailor the treatment to your needs.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment can be mildly uncomfortable but no anaesthesia is required and most people describe the discomfort as moderate and acceptable.
What can I expect after the treatment?
The treated area may feel warm and sensitive for the first few days after treatment. The lesions may darken and may appear more obvious before they fade and flake away. Sometimes an initial whitening of the area is seen which quickly fades and the pigment gradually fades over the following few weeks.
How long does each treatment take?
Treatment times can vary but typically take between 10 to 30 minutes.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments will depend on the type and size of the pigmented lesion but typically 4 to 6 sessions are required at 4 to 6 week intervals.
Are there any side effects?
The skin surrounding the pigmented lesion may become red after treatment. Most people experience no side effects and the redness usually disappears within hours to a few days.
Prior to treatment, one of our qualified nurses will conduct a consultation and take your medical history in confidence to confirm whether you are suitable for treatment. This is also a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Before treatment commences you must provide your written consent.