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Having a prominent birthmark can be embarrassing and often makes people feel self-conscious. Although most birthmarks are not in any way harmful, many people still wish that there was some way that they could remove the offending blemish. Luckily, there are a number of different options that may be able to help you lighten your birthmark to reduce its appearance or remove the birthmark entirely. With this in mind, we’ll now look at three of the most common methods of birthmark removal.
Natural Methods For Lightening Birthmarks
In most cases, it is necessary to undergo minor cosmetic surgery in order to fully remove a birthmark. However, these surgeries can be expensive, and many people are unwilling to undergo even minor surgery just because of a birthmark. Luckily, there are a number of natural treatments that may be able to help lighten the birthmark so that it’s not so noticeable.
Applying lemon juice to the birthmark has been shown to help reduce its appearance in many cases. Lemon juice acts as a mild bleaching agent and may be able to help lighten the mark over time. All you need to do is apply a few drops of lemon juice to your skin once a day, let the juice sit on the birthmark for 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Over time, you may notice that the color of your birthmark begins to fade. Similarly, some people have also had good results using olive oil in the same way.
Surgical Excision To Remove Birthmarks
If none of the natural treatment options provides the desired result, your last option is to consider cosmetic surgery. The professionals at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati note that birthmarks can be removed through surgical excision, lasers or skin grafts, but it is necessary to consult with an experienced cosmetic surgeon to determine the best treatment method. This is because there are several types of birthmarks, and the best treatment method generally depends on the type of birthmark.
Should your doctor determine that surgical excision is the best option, a surgeon will use a scalpel to physically remove the entire birthmark. The resulting wound is then stitched up and usually only leaves a small, barely noticeable scar. The lack of scarring is a definite advantage of this method, but laser removal is still often the more preferred treatment option.
Laser Birthmark Removal
Laser birthmark removal can be an effective option for certain types of birthmarks. However, depending on the type, size, and color of the birthmark, it may take numerous laser treatments to fully remove the mark. In some cases, the birthmark will still be at least slightly visible even after numerous treatments. Either way, laser treatments tend to result in more scarring than surgical removal. On the other hand, they tend to be less expensive.
The truth is that the majority of birthmarks are nothing to worry about. Nonetheless, if you are embarrassed about the look of your birthmark, the good news is that you have several options for removing it. However, it is usually best to consult with a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon to determine the best treatment method for your specific situation.