Port Wine Stain

Affected by Port Wine Staining?

Port-wine stain (PWS) is an abnormality in human skin due to abnormally formed finer blood vessels which may mimic the colour of port-wine hence the name port-wine stain (PWS). If left untreated then the port wine stain will persist for the rest of the life although the colour of port wine stain may change with time to dark red to purple and brown and sometimes development of tiny bumps on the skin, but this doesn’t always happen. These are mostly discovered at birth and however only few cases have been reported later in life when it is called acquired port-wine stain.

The cause of port-wine stain is not clearly understood but one theory suggests the nerves controlling the fine network of the blood vessels don’t turn off following chemical signals in these nerves hence these fine blood vessels enlarge to give this colour of port wine stains. If it is around the eyes, then it may cause glaucoma (raised eye ball pressure). And if this is the case please consult your own GP to get help. Port-wine stains are best treated with Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL) with wavelength frequency of 585mn but this is not available in every city in UK but you must explore this yourself.

What does the treatment involve?

If you do not get any joy, then you may contact Renew Skin and Health Clinic on 01926 422 454 to have a consultation booked in with us. At our clinic we apply a numbing cream for 40 min prior to laser treatment so that there is minimal or no discomfort. Additionally, we use a cryogen cooling device which actually part of the modern laser in our clinic and application of cryogen cooling significantly improves the outcome of the Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL)treatment.in general, port-wine stains fade by 70-80% after 8–10 treatments.Some lesions typically respond quickly than others and for eg facial lesions or leck lesions tend to respond faster than one present in lower limbs.

For the treatment of port-wine stains, hemangiomas, and facial telangiectasias, the 585 nm pulse dye laser has the best clinical outcome record for both the effectiveness as well as safety profile, regardless of patient skin phototype.

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