Skip to main content

The processes by which nevi are removed differ in considerable ways, depending on whether the lesion is pigmented or non-pigmented, the position relative to organs or nerve tissue and the size of the cell cluster. Therefore, it is important that all patients who are seeking treatment or removal of a nevus visit the Vascular Birthmark Center for a full evaluation.

Removal of nevi is possible in many cases with minimal risk of scarring. However, the larger the area of skin covered, the more difficult it becomes to remove all of the birthmark. Methods of removal also depend on whether the nevus is pigmented or non-pigmented. Moles are the most common form of nevi, which are small, pigmented and either present at birth or form by around the age 20.

As a rule, the smaller the mole the easier it is for Dr. Greg Levitin to remove. Larger nevi present greater challenges, in that it may not be possible to remove all the affected cell clusters and the risk of scarring is greatly increased in any case.

Nevus (Pigmented and Non-pigmented) Treatment and Removal

Whether you are seeking the removal of a nevus due to health concerns or for aesthetic reasons, it is important to understand the impact of treatment. It is possible to use laser treatments to remove or reduce the impact of pigmented nevi. However, the results will vary depending on a number of factors. Dr. Greg Levitin uses a series of lasers that are set to different wavelengths, which enable him to better address the variations in nevi coverage and pigmentation.

There is the option of surgical removal for smaller nevi where scarring is all but nonexistent. However, larger areas will require the use of skin grafting in order to minimize any scar tissue. For many patients, the decision of whether to go ahead with removal is based on cancer risk or aesthetic considerations, whereby scar tissue is an acceptable result for peace of mind. While we are happy to provide an online consultation on the likely outcomes of nevus treatment or removal, an evaluation is still required at our Vascular Birthmark Center offices.

The Vascular Birthmark Center

The Vascular Birthmark Center has offices in New York and Los Angeles. If you are interested in further discussing the potential benefits of nevus treatment or removal, we invite you to contact our team over the phone or via our website. You will find that Dr. Greg Levitin is compassionate and understanding, with a commitment to providing you with the most effective treatment options available.

Contact the Vascular Birthmark Center today to arrange an evaluation so we can determine the likely outcomes of treating or removing your nevus.

doctor consultation graphic

Free online consultation

Every Birthmark Is Unique

Dr. Levitin’s mission is to provide the most effective treatments in a caring and supportive treatment.
Contact Us Today!

Our Patient Reviews

4.8 / 5.0

Based on 27 reviews

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.