Vascular malformations are areas of abnormal vascular tissue that are caused by an error in the development of blood or lymphatic vessels. They can be focal or diffuse and can occur anywhere in the body. While all vascular malformations are present at birth, they may not become apparent or noticeable under adolescence or adulthood. These systematic vascular malformations react and expand in response to adolescence, pregnancy, or other hormonal changes. Vascular malformations that occur later, as opposed to infantile hemangiomas, can be much trickier to treat and remove. At The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, we are the go-to practice for difficult cases, cases that have been misdiagnosed, and for patients who have not been able to find effective treatment for their vascular malformations.
Vascular malformations that appear in late adolescence or adulthood can cause significant feelings of self-consciousness, embarrassment, and even depression. Vascular malformations generally grow in proportion to overall growth, but they typically respond to hormonal changes with rapid growth. This hormonal response is why many adolescents have vascular malformations appear and grow as they reach and travel through the changes of puberty. These hormonal responses also explain why some women see rapid growth of vascular malformations throughout pregnancy. Because of the rapid growth, vascular malformations can become large and unsightly, especially in areas of the face. Many times, these malformations can interfere with eyesight or the ability to breath through the nose, making these malformations incredibly serious.
At The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York, our team of doctors is lead by Dr. Milton Waner. Dr. Waner is considered a world authority in hemangiomas and vascular malformations, and he continually remains at the forefront of this field. The mission of The Vascular Birthmark Institute of New York is to provide world-class care in the diagnosis, treatment, management, and research of all vascular malformations. If you or a loved one is dealing with a vascular malformation as a child, teen, or adult, contact us for the most accurate and precise care.