Approximately thirty percent of all hemangiomas are visible at birth
What is HEMANGIOMAS ?
The word hemangioma comes from the Latin words hemangio meaning blood vessel and oma meaning tumor with active cell dividing activity. Hemangiomas differ from other vascular birthmarks in that they are biologically active, their growth is dependent from the growth of the child. They are the most common benign tumor of infants. Hemangioma growth is referred to as Hyperplasia, where as other vascular birthmarks growth is referred to as Hypertrophy
Hemangiomas are most often found on the head or neck (up to 80%), however, they may occur anywhere on the skin or internal organs. Children can develop a single lesion or they can have a dominant primary lesion with smaller associated hemangiomas.
A Laser produces a beam of highly concentrated light. Different types of lasers product different colors of light. The color of light produced by a particular laser is the key to the laser's effect on hemangiomas and birthmarks Laser treatment offers the possibility for early intervention in treatment of the strawberry hemangioma, while the lesion is very small.Laser treatment is an option if the hemangioma ulcerates, if spontaneous regression is not seen after a reasonable period of time or if the lesion progresses toward disfigurement. Lesions of the head and neck have the highest priority for laser treatment, to prevent disfigurement. if early intervention with a laser is the treatment of choice to prevent maceration or ulceration, the best results with the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser are seen when the lesions are small and flat.