Vascular malformation/hemangioma

A hemangioma is a bright red growth which contains blood vessels that can develop anywhere in the body of a child, most commonly on the face, scalp, chest or back. It typically becomes more noticeable as it increases in size during the first year of life.  The majority of hemangiomas resolve completely by age 10 and never require treatment.  Those which are in close proximity to the eyes or airway often need to be surgically removed.  Dr. Tepper can also discuss revision of scarring which may have resulted from a hemangioma which resolved on its own during childhood.  Hemangiomas can be treated in many fashions and include the use of topical medications, laser surgery, or surgical removal.