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Hemangiomas are a type of benign tumor that typically appears shortly after birth. These growths are made up of blood vessels and can be found anywhere on the body, but are most commonly found on the face, neck and chest. While most hemangiomas will shrink and disappear on their own, some can pose a risk to a child’s health or leave behind noticeable scarring. This is where modern laser treatment comes in.

Modern laser treatment for hemangiomas has revolutionized the way these growths are treated. Traditional treatment methods, such as surgery or corticosteroid injections, can be painful and invasive and leave behind unsightly scars. Laser treatment is non-invasive and can be done at The Vascular Birthmark Center in New York or Los Angeles. Here are some questions our patients and their parents often ask.

Is Laser Treatment Safe?

The procedure involves using a laser to target and shrink the blood vessels that make up the hemangioma. The laser is able to penetrate the skin without causing damage to surrounding tissue, making it a safe and effective treatment option. The number of treatments required will depend on the size and location of the hemangioma, but most patients see significant improvement after just one treatment.

Can Children Undergo Laser Treatments?

One of the biggest advantages of laser treatment is that it can be done at any age. While traditional treatments are often reserved for older children or adults, laser treatment can be done on infants as young as a few weeks old. This is important because the earlier treatment is started, the better the outcome is likely to be.

Does Laser Treatment for Hemangiomas Hurt?

In addition to being safe and effective, laser treatment is also relatively painless. Most patients report feeling a mild stinging or burning sensation during the procedure, but this can be managed with local anesthesia or numbing cream. After the procedure, patients may experience some redness or swelling, but this typically resolves within a few days.

Does My Hemangioma Require Laser Treatment?

When the area of the affected skin is small, beta-blocker drugs in the form of a gel or oral medication can be used to provide relief. However, if beta blockers are not suitable for children, corticosteroid medications can be used as an alternative. The drug can be delivered through an injection directly into the nodule, an ointment applied to the site, or taken orally.

New York/Los Angeles Hemangiomas Laser Treatment

Overall, modern laser treatment for hemangiomas is a safe and effective treatment option that can help reduce the risk of complications and scarring associated with traditional treatment methods. If you or your child has a hemangioma, contact The Vascular Birthmark Center in New York or Los Angeles and talk to a specialist about whether laser treatment may be a good option for you. We also have resources to help your child deal with the emotional impact of a hemangioma and its impact on their self-confidence.

Posted on behalf of The Vascular Birthmark Center: Gregory M. Levitin, MD

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Abril M.

Dr. Levitin is very knowledgeable, compassionate and professional. Five years ago, I needed to find information about a birth mark that my newborn daughter started to grow a couple days after birth. I was afraid, I did not feel like I got any clear information about it through my insurance; also, they did not offer any course of treatment for it. I started to look for information, the birthmark was growing each day, information was scarce and I just got more scared. Finally, I found a video in Youtube from a grandmother who was very grateful after finding treatment for her grand daughter through The Birthmark Foundation. It was a huge blessing to me and my family. I found Dr. Levitin, I contacted him thinking he probably would not even answer. I was wrong, he kindly answered promptly, got in touch with me and soon he had a plan : ) I went to see him at the Birthmark Center in Los Angeles. He explained everything in a way that it was so clear to understand, no question I made was insignificant and his answers were each very informative. I really never have had an experience with a doctor who explains and speaks in such a way. I left his office knowing that my daughter was in the best hands and the best care. I first thank God for the Birthmark Foundation, a great organization with the highest quality of doctors. Also, a very special thanks to Dr. Levitin for all his help and kindness, for listening to my concerns and answering each and every question. And last, but no least, to the Birthmark Foundation Center in Los Angeles : ) I hope many children can find help/care in this place as I found it for my daughter. Thank you forever.

Ryan E.

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Danielle L.

we are forever grateful for Dr. Levitin. My daughter Lena had surgery to remove her hemangioma that was located on her forehead at just 6 month old. she healed beautifully and we couldn't be happier with how minimal her scar is, even almost 4.5 years later. Dr. Levitin is caring, compassionate, and such a great doctor/surgeon overall. He had our daughter's best interest and I knew she was in good hands. I highly recommend him any chance I get!


My name is Chris and I was recently treated for an AVM on my forehead by Dr. Gregory Levitin of New York (New York Eye and Ear Infirmary). Thankfully, I live within a few hours of NYC. In brief, I would like to say that Dr. Levitin is very capable doctor with a lot of experience with AVMs. He responds quickly to e-mail, texts, and phone calls. He accepts insurance. He takes a "team approach" and will be your "QB" and involve other specialists as necessary. In my particular case they were Dr. Raj Shrivastava (Mt Sinai) and Dr. Raphael A. Ortiz (Lenox Hill) in NY. I recommend contacting Dr Levitin for a consultation if you suspect you have an AVM. All 3 Drs are just good people. When I spoke to them, they treated me like like an equal. I felt like they were advising me as a close friend or family member. Like many that suffer with AVMs I was at first mis-diagnosed. What was thought to be a just a simple cyst turned out to be an AVM. Surgery to remove the cyst made the AVM about 5x bigger. My treatment entailed a few MRIs and CAT scans to determine what was going on and the treatment plan. This was followed by consultation with the 3 Drs mentioned above and finally a 2-day procedure. On day 1 Dr Ortiz embolized the AVM. On day 2 Dr Levitin and Dr Shrivastava removed the AVM from my skull and put some metal mesh there to fill the "hole". It has been 6-months since the surgery and so far I have not had any recurrence. In honor of Vascular Birthmark Awareness Day and to thank these Drs for all they have done for me, I just want to give everyone a solid reference. Finding the right doctor for this type of stuff makes all the difference.

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This year marks the 10th that I contacted VBF for help. Since then I have been under the care of Dr. G Levitin and Dr. R. Ortiz, they are my guardian healing angels! Thanks VBF for not only helping me but also for letting me be a volunteer in the foundation whenever I am needed. A Big Hug to all from MIAMI... Alicia

Alexander G.

Totally positive experience. Dr. Levitin is a great professional. He has diagnosed and treated my nose breathing problem, significantly improving my quality of life. Office staff is very professional. Appointments always kept on time. Strongly recommend.