Portwine Stains (PWS) are pink or dark red flat vascular birthmarks, which are present at birth and are commonly found on the head and neck areas. They will be present for the lifetime of the individual and will not go away unless treated. The abnormally enlarged blood vessels, which are present in the PWS, will continue to increase in size throughout the individual’s life.
Lasers can be used to remove these abnormal blood vessels with minimal injury to adjacent structures such as collagen. Individuals of any age can be treated. Treatment should begin as early as possible, especially in children.