Infantile hemangiomas are strange, bright-red growths that feel like rubbery bumps. These strawberry birthmarks are made of extra blood vessels and can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly on the face, scalp, chest, and back. While most hemangiomas appear at birth and slowly disappear, dissolving completely by age 10, their presence can sometimes cause complications. If your child is born with a birthmark that appears irregular, Dr. Kilcline and the rest of our team here at Coastal Dermatology & Aesthetics can provide effective treatment.
How Do Infantile Hemangiomas Develop?
Infantile Hemangiomas develop shortly after birth. They are made up of extra blood vessels that group together into a dense clump. What causes the vessels to clump and form these birthmarks on babies isn’t currently known. However, many experts believe that certain proteins produced in the placenta during gestation may be to blame. Hemangiomas can form above the dermis of the skin or in the fatty layer underneath. If left untreated, these strawberry birthmarks can become elevated and protrude above the skin. While most hemangiomas are non-cancerous and go away on their own, monitoring their development and removing them before any issues arise is very important.
What Are the Symptoms?
These birthmarks don’t usually cause any major complications. However, in some cases, they may grow excessively develop into sores, leading to bleeding, scarring, and possible infection. The growth of these pesky venous malformations can also interfere with functions such as breathing and vision depending on where they’re located. If your baby is experiencing these complications due to hemangioma, we encourage you to set up a consultation at our San Luis Obispo center.
Treatment Options for Infantile Hemangiomas
Though most hemangiomas aren’t cancerous and typically go away on their own, testing them for potential complications is important. During your consultation, we can offer cancer screening and birthmark removal services for your child. Our screening service involves a careful examination of the growth for signs of any abnormalities. If the growth is shown to be a health risk, or if it is simply uncomfortable for your child, we can provide laser removal treatments. Our options include:
Treating Infantile Hemangiomas in San Luis Obispo, CA
Infantile Hemangiomas aren’t always dangerous, but getting them removed may be the right course of action depending on their location. If your baby is born with an unusual birthmark, we welcome you to come in for a consultation and determine whether it should be removed. To connect with our San Luis Obispo center, please fill out the form below, or give us a call at (805) 544-5567 today.