A port-wine stain is a birthmark in which swollen blood vessels create a reddish-purplish discoloration of the skin.
Early port-wine stains are usually flat and pink in appearance. As the child gets older, the color may deepen to a dark red or purplish color. They occur most often on the face but can appear anywhere on the body. Over time, the area can become thickened and take on a cobblestone-like appearance.
Laser therapy is most successful in eliminating port-wine stains. The laser destroys the tiny blood vessels that are causing the redness and “starining” without significantly damaging the surrounding skin. The type of laser we use depends on the person’s age and severity of their port-wine stain.