Infantile Hemangiomas are a birthmark of blood vessels. Half of the time there is no lesion present at birth, but these lesions often grow rapidly in the first several weeks of life. During this time, they should be monitored closely as they are at increased risk of ulceration which can be painful, bleed, and scar. After several weeks, the growth rate of these birthmarks slows and tends to plateau after a few months then begins the slow, spontaneous process of involution (or going away). This process typically takes years and some hemangiomas resolve with changes in the skin texture or color. By age 10 years, the involution process is typically complete. Most hemangiomas require no intervention. Although benign, these lesions can sometimes be space occupying and have the potential for significant functional impairment or disfigurement and in rare circumstances can involve internal organs such as the liver or brain.
Treatment for Infantile Hemangiomas ranges from active monitoring alone to use of beta-blockers which are now the preferred treatment for hemangiomas in a topical or oral formulation. A laser can also be used particularly for ulceration and the “left over” color that can sometimes persist after hemangiomas involute.
Schedule a consultation with a dermatologist at Premier Dermatology today to learn more about the treatment options for your child’s hemangioma.
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