Introduction

A birthmark is any mark present on the skin at birth, or that develops soon afterwards. Different birthmarks include 'stork bite' marks, Mongolian blue spots, strawberry marks, café au lait spots, port wine stain and congenital melanocytic naevus. Laser treatments may treat some birthmarks.

Any mark that is present on the skin at birth, or that develops soon afterwards, is called a birthmark. They are not rare - many children have a mark of some sort. Most are harmless and some go away as the child grows. Occasionally, a birthmark may be a sign of other problems or diseases. Check with your doctor if you are not sure, especially if the mark changes unexpectedly.


The cause of birthmarks - in most cases, the cause of a birthmark is unknown. Activities certainly do not cause birthmarks such as the mother doing anything wrong during pregnancy. They happen by chance. The tendency to have birthmarks may be inherited; some marks may be similar to marks on other family members, but most are not. Some are caused by an overgrowth of fine blood vessels or of pigment (colour) cells.

  • Different types of birthmarks
  • There are various different types of birthmarks including:
  • Naevus flammeus, also known as a stork bite or stork mark
  • Mongolian spots
  • Haemangioma of infancy, also known as a strawberry mark or strawberry naevus
  • Café au lait spots
  • Congenital melanocytic naevus

MD Cosmedical Solutions specialises in dermatological skin treatments and offers a vast array of lasers (i.e. Fraxel Repair Dual Laser, Fraxel Restore Laser, NdYag Laser and IPL) that can help treat your birthmarks and other dermatalogical skin conditions.

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