The only safe and effective therapy for port-wine stains is laser treatment. During the treatment the selected area is treated with a brief, but intense, burst of light that will destroy the blood vessels being treated but leave the rest of the face alone. There will be slight swelling, bruising or redness that typically goes away within 1-2 weeks. Multiple treatments are necessary to achieve the desired lightening. We have multiple lasers to treat port wine stains to tailor a maximally effective treatment plan. Facial and/or thickening port-wine stains are often covered by insurance plans.
Port-wine stains are birthmarks consisting of excess blood vessels. Typically occurring on the face, they can darken and thicken with time.