How to Remove a Birthmark

While it isn’t medically necessary to treat most birthmarks, if you have a prominent birthmark that makes you feel less confident, you may be wondering how to remove it.

Some birthmarks will fade on their own, and others will require treatment options like:

  • laser therapy
  • certain medication
  • surgery

Your dermatologist may also recommend that certain moles or raised birthmarks be removed for medical reasons. Sometimes these surgical methods can leave a scar.

Most birthmarks can be removed or at least made less noticeable. Anyone can be a good candidate for birthmark removal, but your doctor will help you decide what treatment option is right for you based on the type of birthmark, including:

  • Vascular birthmarks: hemangioma of infancy, port wine stain, and nevus simplex
  • Melanocytic: congenital melanocytic nevi and café au lait spots
  • Nonmelanocytic: nevus sebaceous and epidermal nevi

How much do the treatments cost?

The price of birthmark removal will depend on whether it’s covered by insurance. Laser resurfacing can cost $1000 to $3000 per session, and you may need more than one. Shave or surgical excisions can cost $100 to $500.

Vascular birthmarks, like hemangiomas, may require that you take a certain medication, which is likely covered by your insurance.

Besides the appointment itself, you shouldn’t need to take time off from work.

How do the treatments work?

Depending on the type of birthmark you have, your doctor may recommend:

  • taking a medication
  • having a laser treatment
  • having it surgically removed

Shaving or surgery physically removes the birthmark, whereas lasers shrink blood vessels to make vascular birthmarks less visible. Medication is also used to shrink certain birthmarks, like some hemangiomas.

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