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There is no known cause of congenital hemangioma at this time. However, it is well understood that it is not a hereditary condition. The first and most obvious sign of a congenital hemangioma is they are present at birth. Colors vary from pink to purple and lesions are typically slightly raised in appearance. It is not unusual to observe what are known as telangiectasia, which are basically thread veins.

In the case of congenital hemangioma, the most common locations are on the limbs, around the face and neck. There are congenital hemangioma that are so severe they result in the heart working harder to keep blood circulating. In these cases, there is the risk of complications arising, one of which is sudden heart failure.

Diagnosis can occur during pregnancy if imaging equipment picks up the hemangioma. However, a congenital hemangioma is always visible from the moment of birth. There are a number of risks that may stem from a congenital hemangioma, mainly resulting from the impact on blood flow, which will require you to take your child for an evaluation at the Vascular Birthmark Center.

Congenital Hemangioma Treatment

There are two types of congenital hemangioma: RICH-type or NICH-type. The same medicinal options that are used in infantile hemangiomas are not suitable for congenital hemangiomas. Dr. Greg Levitin will evaluate each child on a case-by-case basis. However, special consideration will be given to patients where increased blood flow is observed in the hemangioma. A procedure known as an embolization is often recommended to reduce the blood flow by blocking key blood vessels.

Surgery is usually a viable option for completely removing a congenital hemangioma. The amount of scarring that results will depend on the size of the original growth, the skill of the surgeon and the tools used during the procedure. Dr. Greg Levitin will go to great lengths to ensure the risk of facial nerve damage is reduced by using an intraoperative nerve monitoring system to assist throughout the procedure.

Residual thread veins are not unusual after a congenital hemangioma been removed. However, Dr. Levitin will bring your child back for a post procedure checkup. Then, he will be better able to determine whether laser therapy is needed to make further cosmetic improvement to the treatment site. Vascular birthmark treatment and removal is an ever-evolving field of medicine. The Vascular Birthmark Center is at the forefront in delivering the latest and most effective treatment options.

If you would like to provide your child with the most effective and visually appealing results from congenital hemangioma removal, put your trust in the team from the Vascular Birthmark Center with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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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!


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.