According to the series of research reports published in the new issue of Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery it is possible to treat vascular birthmarks with treatment procedures like laser therapy and other procedures.
Vascular birthmarks can be internal, or form an external birthmark and can be disfiguring, especially if formed on the face.
The researchers had presented the current treatment approaches for port-wine stains using pulse-dye laser therapy, which currently offers the most effective treatment, with its ability to selectively target blood vessels.
Other scientists had reviewed the natural course, classification and history of treatment of these lesions throughout the past 100 years. Observation may be all that is necessary for stable lesions, the authors suggest, but superficial lesions that are growing rapidly, ulcerating or functionally limiting may require intervention with pulsed laser therapy; deep lesions may require treatment with corticosteroids; and involuting (rolling inward) hemangiomas may require surgery.
Vascular malformation of the head and neck may cause not only significant cosmetic defects but also functional impairment of structures such as the eye, tongue or throat. Although surgical treatment is traditionally recommended, some research had suggests that the benefits of surgery may be limited when healthy structures are intimately involved with the lesion. In the article, he presents a study on the evaluation and treatment of patients with vascular malformations of the head and neck using an alternative, minimally invasive treatment.