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You have likely heard of port-wine stains (PWS). They are given this name because of their resemblance to a spillage of red or purple colored wine. However, what most people do not realize is that port-wine stains are associated with a number of different vascular malformations, each with its own symptoms and potential health complications. There is no standard removal option for this type of vascular malformation, as any procedure must follow an assessment of the individual patient’s needs.

Additionally, multiple treatments are often required to remove port-wine stains in conjunction with treatment for any associated vascular malfunction. Seeking treatment alone can prove complex, leaving many patients feeling frustrated with nowhere else to turn. At the Vascular Birthmark Center, we provide diagnosis and treatment for vascular birthmark/malformations and removal of port-wine stains using a combination of methods.

Port-Wine Stain Laser Treatment and Removal

Without a consultation, it is commonly expected that pulsed dye laser will play a large part in your treatment plan. The location, size, color, and severity of port-wine stains, along with any associated complications, will all factor into the decision-making process of the Vascular Birthmark Center team.

What we can say with certainty is that Dr. Greg Levitin uses advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques, including an intraoperative nerve monitoring system that reduces the potential risk of nerve damage to below 1% when port-wine stains are located on the face or neck. Many centers effectively rely on a “best guess” approach, which depends on the doctor’s level of experience and relevant qualifications. Many parents do not pursue treatment for children because they have been informed of a high-risk factor of a 50% chance of nerve damage.

Surgical Therapy for PWS Tissue Overgrowth

Surgery, in order to debulk the stains, can also be an option that Dr. Greg Levitin recommends for removing port-wine stains when laser therapy alone is likely to prove inefficient. Larger port-wine stains present greater challenges. It is important that you fully understand the procedures involved, versus the potential outcomes, before deciding which removal options are going to provide your child with the most benefits.

Parent and Child Support

Dr. Levitin and his team fully support parents and children in pursuing the effective removal of port-wine stain malformations. The Vascular Birthmark Center has a close relationship with the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation (VBF), with both parties working together to ensure patients are fully informed and understand their diagnosis and treatment options before committing to laser therapy or surgery.

If your child’s port-wine stains are a small part of another vascular malformation, he or she may need other specialist treatment that is not available from our centers. However, it is our aim to ensure that all treatments are carried out in conjunction to minimize both the physical and psychological impact on the child. Contact the Vascular Birthmark Center today.

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The Vascular Birthmark Center: Gregory M. Levitin, MD

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!


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.