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Port Wine Stain

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People are more concerned about their appearance these days than ever before. Perhaps it is the continued exploitation of “Hollywood Beauty” or the latest craze in “selfies,” but one thing is for sure, your appearance matters. Port wine stain, also called nevus flammeus, is a congenital, cutaneous vascular malformation involving post-capillary venules when produce light… Continue reading

Helping Parents Navigate the Unknown

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Having a child with any type of issue can be overwhelming for parents. Good parents want nothing less than the best for their children, and problems can cause a great deal of stress and emotion that is heavy to carry. Navigating through the diagnosis and treatment options when a child has been diagnosed with a… Continue reading

Vascular Birthmark Embolization

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Vascular anomalies is a term used to describe a variety of different abnormalities that occur in children and young adults. Vascular malformations are often the result of the abnormal development in blood vessels, lymph vessels, veins, and/or arteries. Arteriovenous malformations are lesions that are made up of small vessels linking the arterial side of the… Continue reading

Osler-Weber-Rendu Disease

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Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), also known as Osler-Weber-Rendu Disease, affects approximately one in 5,000 people. It is a rare genetic, autosomal, dominant blood vessel disorder that can cause serious and life-threatening consequences. According to the Scientific Advisory Board of the HHT Foundations International, Inc., there are four diagnostic criteria for Osler-Weber-Rendu Disease. When there are… Continue reading

Segmental Hemangiomas

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Infantile hemangiomas are benign vascular tumors that appear in approximately 7% of the population and appear during the first four to six weeks of life. Hemangiomas often cause a great deal of immediate concern to parents because of their deep red appearance and how fast they grow. Although most hemangiomas are not worrisome and will… Continue reading

Excelling in the Treatment of Vascular Birthmarks

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All vascular malformations are incredibly complex conditions because they contain a massive tangle of blood vessels. There is no way to simply “remove” them because one single misstep could cause a patient to bleed to death. Dr. Milton Waner is the only person in the world who exclusively treats vascular anomalies. He has dedicated his… Continue reading

What are Birthmarks?

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Almost everyone understands that a birthmark is a permanent mark on the skin that is present from birth. However, understanding exactly what these marks are and why some people develop serious birthmark malformations requires more insight that just knowing about a “mark on the skin.” Many people have birthmarks that go unnoticed. They may have… Continue reading

Life-Altering Surgeries

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Disfigurations of the face and visible parts of the body can cause severe issues for those who deal with them. The effects that hemangiomas and vascular malformations can have on a person physically and emotionally are often overwhelming. The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York was founded by Dr. Milton Waner and Dr. Alejandro Berenstein… Continue reading

Life Saving Surgery

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While all vascular malformations can have an effect on a person’s quality of life to some degree, it is rare for these malformations to become life threatening. Most vascular malformations remain relatively small in nature and/or do not encroach upon the airway or vital organs. However, severe cases do exist, and The Vascular Birthmarks Institute… Continue reading

Infantile Hemangiomas of the Scalp

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An infantile hemangioma is a very common type of birthmark that appears in more than 3 million children each year in the United States. Most hemangiomas are not present at birth but will appear within the first six weeks after a child’s birth. They can appear anywhere on the skin surface, and typically first show… Continue reading