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Birthmarks, also known as congenital nevi, are relatively common. Adults often seek birthmark removal for cosmetic purposes, although recent studies suggest that larger birthmarks may develop into melanoma. Given that, many parents are wondering: should my baby’s birthmarks get removed now?
According to Dr. Joshua L. Fox, medical director and dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology, PC, melanoma may result from roughly 5 percent of large birthmarks. An even scarier thought for parents is the idea of their baby undergoing surgical excision. For this reason, Dr. Fox suggests that parents visually inspect their baby’s birthmarks for signs of melanoma; these signs include uneven edges, multiple colors, bleeding, and sudden changes in appearance. If any of those occur, parents should take their baby to the dermatologist.
If you are concerned about your baby’s birthmarks, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Our dermatologists are experts in evaluating birthmarks and moles.