Port-wine stain

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Port-wine stain

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.

To know MORE TREATMENTS offered by Dr Lynn Chiam, please visit: www.childrenadultskin.com.sg

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Haemangioma of infancy

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Haemangioma of infancy

Haemangioma of infancy is also more commonly known as “strawberry haemangioma” in view of its juicy red appearance.  It can affect up to 10% of infants.

Haemangioma of infancy may not be present at birth and most are prominent only a few weeks after birth. It then undergoes a period of rapid growth, followed by a “plateau” phase where it remains stable and undergoes an “involution” phase where it slowly begins to shrink in size after many years.

Although not all haemangioma require treatment, it is important to know that in 40% of cases, there may still be residual scarring even after the haemangioma has completely involuted on its own.

There are treatments available for haemangioma of infancy. They include oral medication such as propranolol (which belongs to a group of medicine known as Beta-blockers), topical timolol (also a class of beta-blockers) and laser, known as the Pulsed-Dye Laser. This is a very safe treatment and is well- tolerated.

It can take many sessions of treatment with the pulsed-dye laser but this treatment can give very satisfactory cosmetic results.

To know MORE TREATMENTS offered by Dr Lynn Chiam, please visit: www.childrenadultskin.com.sg