Most people have a birthmark or some small skin blemish, usually in a discreet place where it can be hidden beneath clothing or even hair. But there are also those who are born with a larger type of birthmark that is often referred to as a port wine stain. About 3 out of 1,000 people in the U.S., in fact, have a port wine stain.
People in the public eye have had port wine stains, perhaps most notably Mikhail Gorbachev. Like his, many people’s port wine stains are displayed prominently on the face, or in other instances on their neck and upper body. Left untreated, port wine stains can darken and even swell into hard lumps, which can give way to bleeding, inflammation, and infection. If you have a port wine stain or multiple port wine stains, Kristin Walker M.D. can help. We have exciting, non-surgical, non-invasive methods to help vascular birthmarks like port wine stains. Call to schedule your initial consultation today.