Port wine birth mark

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by Guest Posts on Thu Oct 21, 2021 3:47 pm

Port wine birth mark

Hello - this is a slightly sensitive topic... my grandson has a port wine birth mark on his neck. It's not huge but his parents (my son) has never mentioned it or discussed it openly. I am wondering if there is an optimum age if they were thinking of removing it in case it gets bigger or if it might cause him stress when he becomes older? It really isn't a problem as such but I just feel it is good to understand all options sooner rather than later.

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by Dr Anton Alexandroff on Sat Oct 30, 2021 11:54 am

Re: Port wine birth mark

Dear Jane,

Thank you for your question. Generally it is better to treat it when the child can tolerate it. The treatment is laser. Your GP needs to refer your grandson to plastic surgery or dermatology on NHS. The laser specialist would advise when he is likely to tolerate laser.
I hope this is helpful.
Kind regards,
Dr Anton Alexandroff
Consultant Dermatologist, Honorary Senior Lecturer & BSF spokesperson - FRCP, CCT (Derm), PhD, FRSM, FAAD

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