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Can birthmarks change over time?

The team of Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center in Tampa, FL works with patients who have skin concerns, either cosmetic or medical. When patients are evaluated at our practice and diagnosed with a birthmark, many questions begin. What is a birthmark? What can be done to remove a birthmark? Can my birthmark change with time, in shape, size, or color? Is my birthmark a sign of skin cancer? Dr. Michael Scannon and his associates are here to answer these questions and more for new and current patients.

What is a birthmark?

First off, understanding what birthmarks are can help take some of their mystery away. A birthmark is an area where extra pigmentation occurs. It may even be raised skin, and might be anything from brown to red. Birthmarks derived their name because they are often present at birth. There are several different types of birthmarks that can occur, so getting a proper diagnosis and name can help patients in better understanding these marks on the skin. It is important to note that a birthmark is not the same as a mole, which can also be present at birth or develop over time. Knowing the difference can ensure patients full understand their risk of skin cancer.

Can a birthmark change over time?

Some birthmarks can reduce in shape and size over time, while others may stay the same throughout the years. The type of birthmark will often determine this. Certain abnormalities such as vascular birthmarks may fade with time, while others may notice blotches or pimples on the skin at birth that will disappear days or weeks after birth. With a proper evaluation, patients can ensure they have a birthmark and discuss possible treatments if they would like it removed or reduced.

Learn more about birthmarks and other skin pigmentation concerns

If you reside in the Tampa, Florida area and are ready to speak to a professional about pigmentation issues, now is the time to connect with Dr. Michael Scannon and his team at Florida Westcoast Skin and Cancer Center. His facility is located at 4200 North Armenia Avenue in Suites 1 and 2, and can be contacted through the main office number at (813) 877-4811.

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