Port Wine Stain Removal in Sugar Land, TX
Port-Wine Stain Removal procedures are available in the Sugar Land, Texas, and Houston, Texas areas through Dr. David Stapenhorst of Signature Plastic Surgery. A Port-Wine Stain is a type of birthmark that is generally red or purple in color. The Port-Wine Stain birthmark is caused by enlarged blood capillaries under the skin. Most Port-Wine Stain birthmarks appear on the face, neck and scalp, but some patients have Port-Wine Stains on other areas of their bodies. Typically, Port-Wine Stain birthmarks do not fade, and these birthmarks can affect a person’s self-confidence. In most cases, Dr. Stapenhorst uses laser treatments for Port-Wine Stain Removal procedures. Laser treatments are highly effective for lightening the birthmark, keeping the birthmark from growing larger, reducing the size of the Port-Wine Stain birthmark and reducing the bumps that are often found on Port-Wine Stain birthmarks.
What happens during the Port-Wine Stain Removal procedure by Dr. David Stapenhorst?
For children with Port-Wine Stain birthmarks, Dr. Stapenhorst administers a general anesthesia. For older patients, he may use either general anesthesia, local anesthesia or topical anesthesia. He may also provide the patient with a sedative to help the patient remain comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Stapenhorst applies the laser energy in short bursts. The laser safely destroys the capillaries without damaging the surrounding tissue. Typically, the patient will need multiple laser treatments for Port-Wine Stain Removal.
When can normal activities resume after the Port-Wine Stain Removal procedure?
Dr. Stapenhorst will apply a dressing and special ointment on the treated areas after the procedure. Patients must change the dressing and apply the ointment as instructed by Dr. Stapenhorst. As individual cases vary significantly, Dr. Stapenhorst discusses limitations on activities during the consultation appointment.
Is there any pain associated with the Port-Wine Stain Removal procedure?
Most patients describe the experience of laser treatments for Port-Wine Stain Removal as being similar to snapping a rubber band against the skin. After the procedure, the skin feels mildly sunburned. Patients may experience scabs, blisters and swelling. Patients who experience other symptoms after their laser treatments for Port-Wine Stain Removals should contact Dr. David Stapenhorst for follow-up appointments.
How much does Port-Wine Stain Removal cost in Houston?
Signature Plastic Surgery works with CareCredit® to provide financing options for patients. Within a few hours, you can be pre-approved for your cosmetic procedure.