A birthmark is an area that differs in texture or color from the rest of your skin. It may appear anywhere on your body and is visible at or soon after birth. While most birthmarks are harmless, if there is any concern, an evaluation at OneSkin Dermatology can help identify any issues. As a board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Rachel Day is skilled in lesion evaluation in infants and individuals of all ages. She will provide guidance on appropriate monitoring or treatment options. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Day to get a birthmark examination for you or your baby.
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Types of Birthmarks
It is important to have birthmarks checked to help you decide if or how the mark should be treated. Dr. Day will tell you about the type of birthmark and if any abnormalities are present. She can help determine if it's a sign of another condition and provide you with treatment options. The most common birthmarks include:
- Café-au-lait spot (macule): A dark, flat mark that often develops on the butt or hips. The mark typically does not fade on its own.
- Deep hemangioma (cavernous infantile hemangioma): A warm, firm lump under the skin. It can expand fast in the first year, creating bleeding or pain, which needs to be treated immediately. Many deep hemangiomas fade naturally in 5 – 10 years; however, they can leave a scar or mark behind.
- Mole (congenital melanocytic nevus): A raised, brown spot that can develop anywhere on the face and body. Generally, moles do not disappear on their own.
- Mongolian spot (dermal melanocytosis): More common in babies of Asian descent, this birthmark looks like a bruise. Often on the buttocks or low back, the spot usually fades naturally in several years.
- Nevus sebaceous (organoid hamartoma): A hairless, raised patch, typically on the face or scalp. This birthmark can change but doesn't fade naturally.
- Port-wine stain (nevus flammeus): A purple, pink, or red patch, generally found on the face, though it can develop anywhere on the skin. Without treatment, it will remain and may become darker or larger.
- Salmon patch (nevus simplex): Sometimes called a stork's bite or an angel's kiss, these flat spots may be red or pink. Usually present on the neck or face, a salmon patch can fade or disappear naturally in a few years.
- Infantile hemangioma: A rubbery or firm bright-red skin patch that generally forms on the neck or head. It might grow for 4 – 6 months and then fade, shrink, or soften. These often disappear by themselves in 1 – 10 years.
Learn about your Birthmark
Whether you've got a birthmark you want to get rid of or you'd like to have more information on your baby's birthmark, schedule an appointment with board-certified dermatologist Dr. Day. She will conduct a comprehensive consultation to provide you with more information about the birthmark and outline possible treatment options. Contact OneSkin Dermatology in Chambersburg, PA to schedule a consultation.