Health-wise, a birthmark is usually harmless and is not something to be concerned about. In fact, most birthmarks usually fade over time. If yours is bothering you, though, you can always elect to have it removed by a dermatologist.
There are two types—vascular and pigmented. A vascular birthmark could be a port-wine stain, a strawberry mark, or a stork bite. They are named this way because vascular birthmarks usually have a pink or red tinge. Pigmented types—which are usually brown—are called either nevus of ota, café au lait spot, Becker’s nevus, mole, or Mongolian spot.
A birthmark removal session usually only takes a few minutes, but you may require multiple sessions. For simple birthmarks, a dermatologist only needs to administer laser treatment. There are ofcourse some cases when a birthmark needs to be removed surgically. A surgical removal is not a major procedure, but anesthesia may still be needed. Post-care is highly important because you will have a wound where your birthmark used to be, and it is important to keep it clean. As for laser birthmark removals, make sure to use sunblock and keep away from UV rays.
The best thing to do if you want to have a birthmark removed is to consult with a dermatologist. This way, he or she can properly assess what type of birthmark you have. They will also be able to tell if you simply need to wait for it to disappear or if you will need laser or surgical treatments.
Make sure the dermatologist who will handle your birthmark removal is qualified and experienced. You should also check the facilities of the clinic. To make things easier, some clinics and dermatologists can offer consultations online or by phone, so you don’t have to visit the clinic right away.