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A capillary malformation is flat with sharp rather than rounded edges. It typically resembles a stain, hence the common name “port-wine stain” and is most commonly found around the head and neck, although malformations can develop anywhere on the body. It is now understood that capillary malformations originate in early development and are most likely the result of abnormal genetic coding. Other vascular malformations such as nevus simplex are sometimes confused with capillary malformations. However, these birthmarks are most likely to fade and do not normally require treatment.

Capillary Malformations Diagnosis

Diagnosis is usually based on appearance. Dr. Greg Levitin of the Vascular Birthmark Center can provide a full evaluation in order to avoid misdiagnosis and ensure that only suitable treatment options are offered. This exam involves a physical which includes the evaluation of asymmetry that will allow Dr. Levitin to rule out any similar vascular malformations.

There are complications that may arise from capillary malformations, which are associated with abnormal tissue growth or bones. This typically results in darker skin lesions that become progressively thicker. In some cases, they may bleed as the patient ages. Lesions in close proximity to the eyes or forehead are also cause for concern. Complications include the potential for glaucoma to develop and brain abnormalities. Similarly, capillary malformations located on the spine require a thorough evaluation to determine if tethering of the spine has occurred.

Capillary Malformations Treatment

Laser therapy is a common treatment for capillary malformations that are located around the face. Dr. Greg Levitin can use a combination of laser wavelengths to reduce thickening and discoloration. This procedure is especially beneficial for young children as they are developing a sense of self. While laser therapy can be used to treat capillary malformations in other areas of the body, the effectiveness of treatment is not guaranteed due to the fact that vessels are located deeper beneath the epidermis.

Surgery is also an option where appropriate, depending on the results of the patient’s evaluations. Dr. Greg Levitin will consult with you and may recommend a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. There are risks associated with both laser therapy and surgery to remove capillary malformations. However, even if you have previously consulted with a vascular malformation treatment center and decided that the risks outweigh the benefits, Dr. Levitin would like to hear from you.

At the Vascular Birthmark Center, we are better equipped to reduce the risk of complications arising. Dr. Greg Levitin is skilled in the use of an intraoperative nerve monitoring system which has resulted in him being able to offer facial treatments with a risk of nerve damage that is lower than 1%.

To find out more, contact the Vascular Birthmark Center today, and book your appointment with Dr. Greg Levitin.

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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.