Port-wine stains are vascular birthmarks that often occur on the face. As a child gets older, he (she) may feel more self-conscious, particularly as the port-wine stain becomes darker and larger. In some patients, Port-wine stains must be treated in order to prevent serious medical problems.
Portwine Stain Removal in Orange County and Laguna Beach
Port-wine stains – nevus flammeus – resemble maroon-wine colored birth marks that are present at birth. They can be located anywhere on the body but occur most commonly on the face, neck, scalp, arms or legs. During adolescence and adulthood they often change in texture and become thicker, nodular and may cause persistent bleeding or ulceration of the skin. Port-wine stains located near the eye or on the forehead need to be medically monitored as they may also be associated with other neurologic conditions such as Sturge-Weber Syndrome.
Dr. Yeh is a facial plastic & reconstructive surgeon – he is expertly trained in the diagnosis & treatment of vascular birthmarks.
PORT-WINE STAINS TREATMENT:
The treatment of choice for Port-wine stains is a pulsed-dye laser. Laser treatment is often started in infancy when the stain and blood vessels are smaller and the birthmark is easier to treat. The earlier treatment is started – the easier the stain is to treat. Laser therapy is not painful but it can be uncomfortable. Dr. Yeh can use an anesthetic in the form of an injection, spray or topical ointment to numb the treatment area and ensure comfort. A little swelling and bruising, after treatment, is normal and to be expected – but this resolves on its own within just a few days. Laser treatment is the most effective, most advanced treatment today – with the least risk or scarring. Dr. Yeh has specialized training in the use of lasers and is highly skilled in treating Port-wine stains.
Children, teenagers and men and women of various ages who desire Port-wine stain laser treatment – could be good candidates for Dr. Yeh’s specialized procedures. You should be capable of realistic expectations and be in overall good health. During your consultation – Dr. Yeh will do a thorough evaluation of your condition and will tailor a treatment plan to address your specific needs.
Dr. Yeh believes that the initial consultation is most important and should be done face to face with your surgeon. After listening closely and carefully to your concerns, Dr. Yeh is able to do a critical evaluation and make the correct recommendations to address your specific needs. It is during the consultation that you both arrive at a mutual understanding and trust which enables Dr. Yeh to tailor the treatment plan that is best suited to you – not somebody else.
CHOOSING A FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON
Surgery is a serious decision – many times it is life changing. Choosing a surgeon who is qualified and able to achieve the right outcome is critical. Dr. Yeh is a Board Certified surgeon with fellowship training in Facial Plastic Surgery – which means he has many extra years of cosmetic and reconstructive surgical training and experience beyond the norm. He has focused on and is specialized in all procedures of the head and neck. This does not guarantee a certain outcome – but can ensure you that he is a skilled expert and highly qualified to perform your chosen procedure.
You can trust your face to this facial plastic surgeon!