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What is a port wine stain?

Port wine stains, also known as nevus flammeus, are a unique type of birthmark that appears as a red or pink mark on the skin. These birthmarks are most commonly found on the face, head, arms or legs. While these birthmarks typically do not require medical treatment, they can affect a person’s self-confidence.

What causes a port wine stain?

Port wine stains are caused by overactive blood flow through the tiny vessels in the body. This excessive blood flow causes the vessels to enlarge, and the excess blood is what creates the actual mark on the skin. Certain genetic factors seem to influence a person’s risk for having a port wine stain.

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What treatments are available for a port wine stain?

In the treatment of a port wine stain, pulsed dye laser treatment works by destroying the blood vessels that cause the red discoloration on the skin. In most cases, the appearance of the port wine stain is diminished significantly, often to the point where the port wine stain is barely noticeable. At Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists, we offer an array of treatments that can effectively treat port wine stain. When you come for your initial consultation, we will craft a custom treatment plan for you.

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Is the treatment for a port wine stain uncomfortable?

Port wine treatment should happen early in life because the blood vessels are much smaller and easier to treat. Some children may not tolerate the sensation of the laser, so a topical anesthesia is used to numb the skin. Pulsed dye laser treatment, however, is an effective port wine stain treatment in adolescence and adulthood. Most older patients are better able to tolerate the discomfort, but a topical anesthesia can be administered for these cases as well.

Is there any downtime required?

Our dermatologists may recommend rest after port wine stain treatment with the pulsed dye laser, especially for younger patients. The amount of downtime and limitations to activities varies by patient. Our office will provide a thorough list of aftercare instructions, both to ensure your comfort and to optimize your results.

How do I get started?

To move forward with port wine stain treatment, your next step is a private consultation at one of our offices in New York or New Jersey. To schedule your consultation with Dr. Goldberg or one of our other board-certified dermatologists, please call our office today.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

If your concern is a true medical emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room

A message from Dr. David Goldberg and the team at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of NY & NJ:

Dear Patients,

Our providers and staff recognize that we are all faced with difficult times as this pandemic continues to unfold throughout our area. However, the continuation of your care remains our top priority!

At this time, our New York City office is temporarily closed.

In our effort to provide you with the highest level of service, the Hackensack and Hillsborough NJ offices will remain open until further notice with limited hours of availability. We ask for your understanding with our protocols on hand washing and social distancing when you arrive for your appointment. Please do not come to the office if you are experiencing a cough, fever, shortness of breath, or other symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Should you prefer not to visit the office in person, our providers are now offering virtual office visits. This is commonly known as telemedicine, or in this case, teledermatology. Our dedicated concierge team will assist you in scheduling a virtual appointment with your provider, including those in the New York City office.

Currently, the government mandates that the only way to have these virtual visits is to communicate via FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, or WhatsApp video. This is because your medical providers needs to see you, and you can show the provider the problem area of your body that you are concerned about. You will also be able to discuss any other issues regarding your ongoing care or for any new skin concerns you may have. Your provider may tell you that an in-person visit may be required for testing or more in-depth examination. In that case, a concierge team member will reach out to schedule an in-office visit.

To schedule your in-person or virtual appointment, please call our office at 908-359-8980 or email app[email protected] Our concierge team members will schedule a time for your medical provider to call you back. We have set aside times for all of our medical providers to call you for your virtual appointment.

Please be aware that virtual visits must be billed to your medical health insurance just as they would for an in-person office visit. If your insurance has recently changed, please have that information ready to provide to our team members. Depending on your insurance plan, you may have financial obligations such as co-pays, deductibles, and co-insurance just as you would for an in-office visit (at the present time, the government has only waived co-pays related to COVID-19 testing).

We understand that this is a stressful time, but we are here for you!

Stay safe and healthy,

Dr. David Goldberg and the team at Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of NY & NJ

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