Robin Fleck, M.D.  928-778-7000  Board Certified Dermatologist

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Birthmarks come in many types, colors, and shapes.   Generally a birthmark is present from birth but there are some types which develop later in childhood such as the common mole.   Most people believe that just because the skin lesion has been present since birth or childhood it will not be harmful to their health.  In some cases, this is not true.  For instance, moles which are flat and irregularly shaped may be melanoma at birth!  Any skin lesion which is unusual should be checked by your dermatologist to ensure that it is benign.

Treatment of a birthmark depends upon the type it is.  Some require surgical excision, others can be treated with laser.  In general, red or purple birthmarks can be treated with laser while most brown, tan or bluish birthmarks require surgical removal.