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Your Trusted Birthmark Removal Clinic in Southampton
Birthmarks can be distressing and can erode a person’s self esteem – especially if they’re in a visible place such as the face. Birthmark removal with laser technology can offer a safe & effective solution. Our dermatology experts in Southampton will assess your birthmark and build a tailored programme of treatments to help you get the very best results.
The sk:n Southampton Medical Team
sk:n is home to more consultant dermatologists, doctors, plastic surgeons, nurses and therapists, than any other UK dermatology service provider.
The sk:n team in Southampton will ensure that your visit to the clinic is truly worthwhile: at sk:n we are passionate about helping you discover better skin.
So, whether you suffer from acne, unwanted facial hair, regret an old tattoo, or simply just want to freshen up your complexion – we have the most effective treatments on the market to help you achieve the results you long for.
Mr. Alexi Nicola
Specialty Registrar in Plastic Surgery
Dr Meriem Martins
Dr. Ann Lonsdale-Eccles
laser technology available
Safe and effective,
even on the face and
Frequently asked questions
How does laser birthmark removal work?
The laser we use for your treatment depends upon the type and colour of birthmark you have and this will be confirmed at your consultation.
If you have a vascular birthmark, we will use a Pulse Dye Laser, which works by emitting a beam of laser light to heat up the faulty blood vessels that form the birthmark. This causes the blood vessels to collapse and stop blood from flowing into the area, which fades the birthmark.
A laser called a ND Yag Laser is used for pigmented birthmarks. The energy emitted by the laser beam breaks down the cluster of built-up pigment cells into tiny fragments, which are then taken away naturally by the body’s immune system, causing the birthmark to fade.
Is birthmark removal safe?
Birthmark removal at sk:n is completely safe and is only carried out by medical doctors in clinical environments. We work to strict protocols and have access to some of the UK’s leading doctors and dermatologists.
The laser energy is selectively targeted to the faulty blood vessels or built-up pigment cells only, meaning that surrounding tissues are not affected and there is no lasting damage to the skin. Lasers have been used to remove birthmarks for years, and we will ensure that the laser settings we use are safe and effective for your skin.
Can I have a birthmark removed anywhere on my body?
sk:n’s birthmark removal treatment is suitable and safe on any area of the body or face. Extra caution is needed when treating birthmarks on the skin around the eye area, and your suitability for treatment will be assessed at your consultation.
Is birthmark removal painful?
Some patients with sensitive skin worry that this will be a problem, but with the use of anaesthetic cream, almost anyone can comfortably have laser therapy to remove unwanted birthmarks.
In more sensitive areas, birthmark removal is described as feeling like the flick of an elastic band. You may experience some redness and bruising in the area following treatment, but once this subsides you will see a permanent fading of your birthmark.
Is birthmark removal for me?
Some patients with sensitive skin worry that this will be a problem, but with the use of anaesthetic cream, almost anyone can comfortably undergo laser therapy to remove unwanted birthmarks.
How many treatments will I need to remove my birthmark and how often?
You will typically need about four to six laser treatments as part of your birthmark removal, although this can vary from birthmark to birthmark, some needing more or less than others. Treatments should be carried out six to eight weeks apart, giving your skin time to heal fully before it is treated again. Your practitioner will discuss your individual treatment needs with you, including expected number of treatments and treatment intervals depending on your type of birthmark.
Do I need to be referred by the NHS?
NHS referral is not necessary to undergo treatment at sk:n, and unless your doctor feels there is a medical reason not to remove your birthmark , we are happy to remove your birthmark for cosmetic reasons. We understand how this skin condition can cause low self esteem, and remove birthmarks for a lot of clients who cannot receive the treatment on the NHS.
When is the best time to have treatment?
The younger you are when you start treating a birthmark, the more effective treatment will be and the fewer sessions are typically needed. There is also less risk of a birthmark coming back if treated early.
How will I feel during treatment?
Although we can use anaesthetic creams to ease any discomfort, this is very rarely necessary. The vast majority of patients find this treatment perfectly tolerable, with some describing the feeling of the laser as a flicking sensation against the skin.
Why do I need multiple treatments?
In order for the laser to be used safely on larger birthmarks, we cannot target everything during one treatment. The light energy will be absorbed by some parts more than others and these will be more responsive on your next treatment. For smaller birthmarks, you might need just one treatment.
Does birthmark removal leave scars?
Laser treatment causes the breakdown of your birthmark over the course of several treatments, and doesn’t leave any scars as a result.
How long does it take to heal after birthmark removal?
Your practitioner will also provide you with full aftercare instructions and you will be able to leave the clinic as soon as your anaesthetic wears off. Complications are rare and you may notice some slight temporary bruising or whitening at the area, which indicates that the laser is having its lightening effect on the birthmark. This soon fades, and you will notice the birthmark fading along with it.
What happens after removing birthmarks?
You may notice some slight temporary bruising or whitening at the area, and this is to be expected as it indicates that the laser is having its lightening effect on the birthmark. This soon fades, and you will notice the birthmark fading along with it. Scarring is not generally a side effect of birthmark removal.
How much does birthmark removal cost?
Birthmark removal treatment at sk:n costs from £335 per treatment, exact costs will be confirmed after a consultation with a doctor who will assess your birthmark.
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116-117 East Street, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3HD
You’ll find us at 116 East Street, in a side street just off the high street that’s quiet enough to feel at ease, but not far away from everything else. The closest car parking is be at Eastgate Multistorey Car park and the closest bus stops are Debenhams (Stop CR) and WestQuay (BJ).