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Birthmarks, California Skin Skin Insititute

Most people are born with small areas of discolored skin, birthmarks known as MOLES, which are malformations of pigment cells. Strawberry marks are bright red, spongy and protuberant; PORT-WINE STAINS are purple-red, flat and often cover large areas. True strawberry HEMANGIOMAS all clear by age 7, although they many leave an unsightly scar. Port-wine stains never clear.

Sometimes port-wine stains are associated with abnormalities in the blood vessels of the brain, a problem called Sturge-Weber Syndrome. Unattractive moles can be removed in late childhood through adulthood by our physicians.

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