Birthmarks have two main types: vascular and pigmented. Today, we’ll talk more about the former and discuss its subcategories. Read on and see if you recognize any of the following:
Vascular birthmarks are caused by improper formation of blood vessels. In the case of birthmark formation, the cause is either due to an abundance of blood vessels or misshapen (wide) blood vessels. Source: SkinCare.LoveToKnow
Salmon patches (also called stork bites, angel kisses, or macular stains) are the most common type of birthmark. They are thin, flat, light pink or red areas of colored skin that occur most frequently on the back of the neck (stork bites) and on a baby’s upper eyelids, upper lip, or between the eyebrows (angel kisses). Most salmon patches on the eyelids fade without treatment within the child’s first year. Most salmon patches on the nape of the neck do not fade. Salmon patches are more noticeable when a baby is crying or when he or she is hot or cold. Source: WebMD
These flat, pink, red, or purple colored birthmarks are caused by a concentration of dilated tiny blood vessels call capillaries. The stains usually occur on the head, face, and neck. They may be small, or they may cover large areas of the child’s body. Port-wine stains do not change color when gently pressed and do not disappear over time. They may become darker and may bleed when the child is older or as an adult. Skin-colored cosmetics will cover small port-wine stains. The most effective way of treating port-wine stains is with a special laser when the child is older. Source: Encyclopedia
Usually a red and raised mark, such as a strawberry mark. Most of them start off as small and flat. It is impossible to know whether they might grow later on. Usually, they grow quickly during the baby’s first four or five months of life, then the growth slows down and many eventually fade. In some cases the skin may become stretched or deformed, especially if it is a large mark. Source: MedicalNewsToday
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