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New parents tend to become concerned over many aspects of caring for their newborns, and this is completely understandable. After all, this is virgin territory, unexplored and unknown ground with a tiny new life involved. Our expert team at The Vascular Birthmark Center is often asked, “When should I worry about a birthmark?” It is a good question, and not one only asked by new parents.

Aren’t Most Birthmarks Harmless?

Over 80% of newborn babies sport some type of birthmark. These can range from small freckles to larger pigmented areas or vascular formations. Color and location of birthmarks vary widely and there is no way to predict if your child will have a birthmark, regardless of the old wives’ tales you may have heard.

Of the babies that are born with a birthmark or develop one shortly after birth, most have no problems connected to the mark at all. Indeed, most birthmarks are simply marks of chance that pose no medical concerns. Your child’s birthmark will likely be noticed early by you and/or your child’s pediatrician, and any birthmark should be watched over time to note any changes.

How Do I Know if a Birthmark Poses a Threat?

How can parents know when to be concerned over a birthmark? Your child’s pediatrician can inform you of any concerns about your child’s birthmark and when to seek an evaluation by a birthmark specialist. Our team here at The Vascular Birthmark Center often meets with parents and children that were referred by another physician. We can examine the birthmark and alleviate any concerns, or propose possible treatment options if they are warranted.

Types of birthmarks that may require special attention can include:

  • Moles – Most moles (Nevi) are harmless, but they can sometimes grow in areas that impede bodily functions or structures and need removed. Some moles can change over time, which can indicate the presence of skin cancer.
  • Port Wine Stains – While most are harmless, these abnormal capillary collections can occasionally impede vision, bodily functions or even cause seizures.
  • Hemangiomas – These collections of abnormal blood vessels can sometimes cause issues with nearby organs or structures.
  • Kaposiform hemangioendothelioma (KHE) – These are tumors formed by blood vessels below the skin, but can also develop inside bodily organs. They may cause problems with the body’s ability to create blood clots when injured.

If your child has a birthmark and you are concerned, ask your pediatrician for an opinion. If they believe it is warranted, the specialists at The Vascular Birthmark Center can perform a detailed evaluation for your peace of mind. Contact us today with your concerns.

Posted on behalf of Vascular Birthmark Center

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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.

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!

Carla M.

I wanted to show you how much better Hailey's tongue looks and let you know her speech has already improved so much!!! Her speech teacher is thrilled!!!! Thank you so much for everything you did for her. You are an excellent surgeon with a great bedside manner- we are forever grateful to you!!! We are so appreciative!

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!

Chris

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.

I just discovered this page i have also a birthmark I always experiences bully because of this. I don't know what kind of birthmark is this if it is harmful ? I hope Dr. Levitin notice this message in this way I think he can help me :) :) #DrLevitin

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.