Birthmarks are abnormalities (such as colored marks) of your skin that are present since your birth or soon after your birth. Birthmarks can fade with time or become more pronounced but they are usually harmless. They can be of various colors, sizes and can occur anywhere on your body.
There is no definite cause as to what causes birthmarks. Your family history could play a role in the development of birthmarks. Your genes decide the amount and the location of pigmentation in your skin. Any genetic changes or predisposition can alter the pigmentation process and result in a birthmark.
There are four types of birthmark classifications:
As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS docotor. These include:
Before the procedure, an ASDS doctor will usually review the patient's medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also should avoid: