What is a Port Wine Stain?

port wine stainAccording to a leading international expert on the treatment of Port Wine Stains (PWS), Dr. J Stuart Nelson of University of Irvine, California’s Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic, A port wine stain is:

“a congenital, cutaneous vascular malformation involving post-capillary venules which produce a light pink to red to dark-red- violet discoloration of human skin. PWS occurs in an estimated 3 children per 1,000 live births, affecting males and females and all racial groups equally. There appears to be no hereditary predilection for PWS within families. There are no known risk factors or ways to prevent PWS.”

“Since most of the malformations occur on the face, PWS is a clinically significant problem in the great majority of patients. PWS should not be considered a cosmetic problem but a disease with potentially devastating psychological and physical complications. Detailed studies have documented lower self-esteem and problems with interpersonal relations in PWS patients.”

To learn more about Port Wine Stains and to read the full article by Dr. J Stuart Nelson

Carolinas Dermatology offers the Lumenis VersaPulse Laser (532nm) and the Cynosure V-Star Pulsed Dye Laser (595nm) for the removal of vascular birthmarks such as Port Wine Stains.

At Carolinas Dermatology of Columbia SC and Florence SC, we offer the gold standard choices for the reduction and removal of vascular lesions such as a Port Wine Stain.  In most cases, multiple wavelengths of light and varying laser modalities have been the recognized therapy of choice to safely and effectively treat  vascular lesions.  Our Board Certified Dermatologist are trained to evaluate and recommend treatment options as they pertain to vascular birthmarks including a Port Wine Stain.