Unlike haemangiomas, port-wine stains are present at birth. They appear as red patches and are commonly found on the face. Unlike haemangiomas, they do not get smaller with time. In fact, they can increase in size, thickness and nodularity with time. Laser treatment in early childhood is therefore advisable.
The Pulsed-Dye Laser can be used to treat port-wine stains and it destroys superficial blood vessels without damaging surrounding structures. It may take several sessions to complete the treatment. It is a very safe treatment and gives very good results. It is well- tolerated and most children will only require an application of an anaesthetic cream before the laser.