Do you have a birthmark you don’t love? Are you unsure if areas of pigmentation are safe? Birthmarks can be difficult to understand, but you don’t have to settle! Our team at the Dermatology Center of the Rockies is here to help you understand these spots on your skin. Contact us today to schedule your consultation at our offices in either Estes Park, CO, or Longmont, CO!

What Are Birthmarks?

Birthmarks are patches or areas of skin that differ in color or texture from the skin. This common skin features usually appear and grow from birth, but they also have the ability to fade over time.

There are several types of birthmarks that fall into two overarching categories:

  • Pigmented
    • Cafe-au-lait spots
    • Moles
    • Mongolian spots
  • Vascular
    • Hemangiomas
    • Port-wine stains
    • Salmon patches

Strawberry hemangiomas and port wine stains are two of the most common vascular birthmarks. The biggest difference beyond the appearance of these two birthmarks is that strawberry hemangiomas naturally shrink and soften over time, but the appearance of port wine stains will not fade without treatment.

While birthmarks typically do not affect your health, there are treatment options, such as medications or laser or surgical procedures, available to help reduce their appearance. A consultation with our team is the best way to determine if you could benefit from any of these options. All treatment results will vary.

Do Birthmarks Pose Any Risk?

Birthmarks are typically harmless. The most common risk of a birthmark is the possibility of negative emotional or social impacts as some people feel very self-conscious of their birthmarks. While they are usually simply marked on the skin, it is important to keep a close eye on birthmarks for any changes as there is still the chance they could be the indicator of a skin condition or disease.

The best way to know if a birthmark poses any threat to health is to visit a dermatologist. Our team in Colorado is here to help address your concerns about birthmarks or any changes you notice to your skin. It is normal for some kinds of birthmarks to fade or change shape over time, but a member of our team will be able to tell you the kinds of changes you should be looking out for.

Schedule Your Consultation!

To learn more about birthmarks, contact us today the Dermatology Center of the Rockies and schedule your consultation! Visit us at our offices in Estes Park and Longmont, Colorado, to learn more about your skin. We look forward to answering your questions!

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