Hemangiomas are noncancerous growths that form due to an abnormal collection of blood vessels. When parents notice a hemangioma on their child and take them to a doctor for an evaluation, one of the first questions they ask is regarding when the hemangioma can be treated. At The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, we believe that this is the most fundamental question concerning infant and child hemangiomas.
The entire team at The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York strongly urges parents to take their child to a Vascular Anomalies specialist in their area as soon as a hemangioma presents itself. All too often, pediatricians misdiagnose a hemangioma as just a “regular, raised birthmark” and assume that it will go away on its own. While this can be true for some, it is not true for all. Early laser treatments or topical timolol can prevent a superficial hemangioma from developing. For hemangiomas of the face or neck, for vascular tumors, and for vascular malformations, early and accurate diagnosis is essential to providing specialized treatment. (more…)