Port Wine Stain Birthmark Laser Treatment
What is Port Wine Stain
Port Wine Stains are actually quite a common type of birthmark; they occur in around 0.3% to 0.5% of
the entire population. If a Port Wine Stain Birthmark is not removed until around a person's 30s or 40s,
they become nodulated or bumpy. Scientists aren't sure exactly why they form, but some research
suggests that there may be a disturbance in the enervation of the blood vessels in the local area. Since
they commonly occur on the face, there has been quite a lot of research into their safe removal.
Port Wine Stain Removal
Port Wine Stains are usually treated with a pulsed dye laser, a laser machine that is able to produce
incredibly short, very intense bursts of laser energy. Because of the intensity of Port Wine Stain Laser
Treatment, there is a much longer recovery period associated with treating wine stains than with other
types of laser machine procedures, especially when a pulsed dye laser is used.
Ordinary treatment of Port Wine Stain can have some side effects. If any normal skin is affected by the
laser, blisters develop - this means thatPort Wine Stain Removal with a pulsed dye laser is not suitable for
beginning clinicians. The port wine stain birthmark area usually experiences significant swelling, and has
a sunburnt feeling for some days.
The Difference Between Flat and Thick Vascular Lesions
Flat lesions are much easier to treat with a laser, as it is mostly a colour improvement that needs to
occur. Port Wine Stains usually start out flat and pinkish, and gradually thicken and can become
nodulated in adulthood.
If they are left untreated, they can start bleeding, or cause loss of function when they are located near a
patient's eye, nose or ear.
Improved Port Wine Stain Removal Techniques
Dr Christine Dierickx has actually treated port wine stains with nodules with a Gentlelase (Candela brand
laser machine), with better results than a pulsed dye laser. The Gentlelase has a high hemoglobin
absorption coefficient and a longer wavelength, which has proven to be ideal forport wine stain removal.
Some of the features of the Gentlelase that make it superior to pulsed dye laser for port wine stains
Speed and ease of treatment is greatly improved
Gentlelase can treat larger port wine stain spots, with a faster repetition rate
The attached dynamic cooling device increase patient comfort substantially
Given the Gentlelase's much wider range of applications (including laser hair removal, melasma, café-au
lait, sun and age spots, wrinkle reduction and skin tightening and facial veins), it is likely that the
Gentlelase will actually become the preferred method of treatment for port wine stains in the future.