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Baby with Congenital Birthmark on lip New York NY

Many old wives’ fables offer advice to prevent “marking a baby,” or causing a birthmark, during pregnancy. Not walking on plowed ground, not looking at a snake and not getting too much sun exposure are some of the more popular recommendations. Of course, none of these things have anything to do with whether or not your baby will be born with a birthmark.

In fact, over 80% of newborns have some type of birthmark. Most are products of chance and pose no concern or medical threat whatsoever. But as a new parent, how do you know when to be concerned over a birthmark?

Types of Birthmarks

Birthmarks are typically different colored spots or areas on a baby’s skin. They can be present at birth or appear shortly after. Their color and location can vary, and their size can range from small freckles to large areas. There is no way to predict whether or not your child will have a birthmark. You should take note of any abnormal print or colored spot on your baby and watch it over time for changes.

All birthmarks fall into two general categories. Pigmented birthmarks are formed from groupings of cells that control skin color. Vascular birthmarks are formed from groupings of blood vessels. Most often, your doctor can identify the type of birthmark found on your newborn and advise you of any potential concern. Your child’s pediatrician can also offer counsel on any birthmarks and recommend any necessary special care.

Birthmarks that Pose a Threat

At the Vascular Birthmark Center of New York, we specialize in treating children and adults who have a vascular birthmark or condition. Our vascular experts can diagnose and treat most types of vascular birthmarks, including those on newborns and younger children when necessary.

Not every vascular birthmark poses a health concern. Some of the variations that can pose a threat include:

  • Hemangiomas – these collections of abnormal blood vessels can cause complications with nearby organs or structures and may require treatment.
  • Port Wine Stains – these collections of abnormal capillaries can form in areas where they affect bodily function, such as vision, or even cause seizures.
  • Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (KHE) – these tumors of blood vessels form below the skin and can even develop within organs, causing significant problems with blood clotting and other complications.
  • Neurofibromatosis – these tumors form on nerve tissue and can become cancerous over time.
  • Nevi – or moles, often do not present a problem, but they can grow in areas that affect bodily structures and require removal.

If your pediatrician determines that your baby’s birthmark warrants attention, the Vascular Birthmark Center of New York can provide advanced diagnosis and treatments when necessary. Contact us by phone or online to arrange a consultation. We also provide telehealth appointments. Ask about them when you call or message us today.

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

200 W. 57th St., Suite 1410
New York, NY 10019

Phone: (212) 316-0616

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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.

I will be telling tales of the good doctors compassion till time comes to an end. Because of Dr Levitin, I have more confidence in my every day life. He was fast, knowledgeable, precise and all with a disarming sense of humor. Two thumbs up!

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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.

Valle S.

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Alicia M.

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.