A hemangioma is a common birthmark that appears as a “strawberry” mark on an infant soon after birth. This birthmark continues to grow during the first year of life, and it then typically begins to recede over time. For many parents, infantile hemangiomas are a very concerning issue because of where they appear on the body and how rapidly they can grow. A hemangioma can occur anywhere on the body, but most commonly they appear on the face, scalp, chest, back, and arm. For most infants, the hemangioma is nothing more than a visual concern – parents always having to answer the question, “What is that?” or “What happened?” But for other infants, a hemangioma can interfere with vision or breathing, or it can grow so large and rapidly that it becomes an overwhelming issue.
At The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, Dr. Milton Warner and Dr. Alejandro Berenstein are renowned experts in the treatment and surgical removal of hemangiomas and vascular malformations. The Vascular Birthmark Institute provides diagnosis and treatment for infants and children suffering from infantile hemangiomas. Most hemangiomas are benign and do not cause complications, yet some cases of hemangiomas are extreme and the complications can be very serious. A hemangioma on or near the eyelid can cause blindness; ulcerated hemangiomas cause chronic pain for children; hemangiomas located near the “beard” of the face are capable of growing in the airway and can cause airway obstruction; cardiac failure can also be associated with a large or extensive hemangioma. While these extreme cases are fairly uncommon, The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York is here for families with any sort of hemangioma.
There are several treatment options available to treat each of the different types of infantile hemangiomas. People from all over the world have trusted The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York with their children’s well being, and we welcome you to contact us today. Our mission is to provide world-class care in the diagnosis, treatment, management, and research of infantile hemangiomas and all types of vascular birthmarks.