My twelve year old daughter would like to have the cafe au lait birthmark removed from her chin (if possible). She's becoming more self-conscious about it and I was wondering what the recovering experience (scabbing, etc) is like if we proceed. We are wondering if we should we wait until school is out to avoid exposure to the sun?
Birthmark Removal Recovery for a 12 Year Old?
Doctor Answers (4)
Removal would depend on size
If you do proceed with laser, sun exposure must be avoided for upto 3 weeks, and she may require up to 5 treatments.
Dr Davin Lim
Apply sunblock to get best healing
Thank you for your question. There are various ways to remove birthmarks, depending on its etiology. For example, a birthmark caused due to a vascular problem needs a completely different treatment than a birthmark such as a mole. More often than not, vascular birthmarks need to have some form of laser treatment. They can require more, but a laser is generally a minimum. Other birthmarks such as a mole, can be excised in the office with relative ease. The size and location will determine the final outcome. A photograph always helps but there is no substitute for and in person physical examination. Make sure you visit with a board certified plastic surgeon for the best outcomes.
Birthmark Sun Protection
As long as you apply sun block to the treated area and avoid long term sun exposure the area should heal properly. Make sure that you use a product with the high SPF factor.
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