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 pink to red to dark red/violet discoloration of the human skin. At this present time, there are no known risk factors, hereditary predilection, or ways to prevent port wine stain. It is estimated that 3 children per 1,000 live births will be affected by port wine stain, with males, females, and all racial groups affected equally.
It is believed that port wine stain develops within the first two to eight weeks of gestation. This is a time when many women do not even know that they are pregnant, and it is an impossible time frame of being able to do anything about the development of port wine stain. What typically makes port wine stain a significant problem is that most of the malformations occur on the face. The port wine stain can be in a small, limited area, or it can affect the majority of a person’s face. Studies have well-documented information regarding emotional and social difficulties of those with all types of facial malformations, including port wine stain.
Port wine stain is a progressive vascular malformation that remains throughout life, and there is no involution with this malformation. Lesions tend to darken over time, and often become raised by adult age. Blood vessels become progressively dilated and susceptible to spontaneous bleeding or hemorrhage following minor trauma, making port wine stain much more than a “cosmetic issue.” Port wine stain present near on at the eye lids can pose a risk of glaucoma, which can lead to blindness.
At The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, our multidisciplinary team is comprised of internationally recognized physicians who have dedicated their medical profession to helping patients of all ages who have vascular malformations. We are dedicated to finding an accurate diagnosis of each patient’s specific issue in order to provide the most advanced and customized treatment possible. Please contact The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York today to be put in touch with an expert who can help you or your loved one.