Port wine stains are deep red birthmarks caused by dilated blood vessels near the skin’s surface. While they are typically harmless, many people seek treatment to reduce their appearance. Here, we explore the potential of Nd:YAG lasers as a treatment option.

Understanding Port Wine Stains:

  • Causes: Abnormal development of blood vessels during fetal development.
  • Appearance: Deep red, pink, or purple birthmarks that may darken or thicken over time.
  • Location: Commonly appear on the face, head, and neck, but can occur anywhere on the body.
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Laser Treatment for Port Wine Stain

Can Nd:YAG Lasers Help?

Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet) lasers emit a specific wavelength of light absorbed by pigmented cells in the skin. In theory, this laser can target the dilated blood vessels in port wine stains, causing them to shrink and lighten the stain’s appearance.

Nd:YAG lasers might be considered for deeper or thicker port wine stains that haven’t responded well to Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) treatment.

  • Multiple sessions are often necessary to achieve desired results.
  • Laser settings will be customised based on the stain’s severity and your skin type.
  • Potential side effects include temporary redness, swelling, crusting, and rarely, scarring or lightening of the surrounding skin.

A consultation with a healthcare professional is crucial to determine if Nd:YAG laser treatment is suitable for your specific case. They can discuss your expectations, assess your skin, and outline the potential risks and benefits.

Alternatives to Nd:YAG Lasers:

  • Vascular Sclerotherapy: Injections to shrink the blood vessels.
  • Pulsed Dye Lasers (PDLs)
  • Makeup: Can effectively camouflage the appearance of port wine stains.

Call Cosmedics today on 0207 386 0464 to see how we can help.

Good to Know

Key Points About Port Wine Stain Treatment

  • Pain-Free

    Using local anaesthetic – no need for general anaesthetic

  • No Downtime

    Back to normal activities

  • Same Day

    Treatment can be done straight away

  • Immediate

    Results show visible improvement immediately