No, we’re not talking about fish. Salmon patches are benign birthmarks that are seen in about 40% of infants. Sometimes persistent though, they can carry on into adulthood.
Recognizing a Salmon Patch
Salmon patches are usually seen on the nape of the neck (known as a stork bite), on the forehead between the eyebrows (angel’s kiss), or on the eyelids. Less common areas to see these birthmarks are on the back, legs, and arms. When your baby is crying, is hot, or cold, salmon patches are more noticeable. They look:
- Pink (like the color of salmon), or slightly red
- Patches that vary in size, but many will be small
- Mostly flat
- Irregular borders
Causes of Salmon Patches
In infants, these patches are nests of dilated blood vessels under thin skin. They are thought to be caused by the pregnant mother’s hormones.
For How Long Are They Noticeable?
Most of the time these birthmarks will disappear on their own within the first year of your child’s life. However, persistent stork bites on the neck can remain into adulthood
Treatments for Salmon Patch Birthmarks
Laser treatments can reduce the size and appearance of a stork bite. This technology works by targeting the blood vessels underneath the skin. The laser produces heat that penetrates the skin, working to destroy the blood vessels and reduce the appearance of the birthmarks. Laser treatments are painless and effective but may require several visits in order to see optimal results.
Consulting a Professional
If you have a birthmark and you’d like to learn more about it, you come see the professionals at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA. We can help you gain newfound confidence in your appearance!
Post Provided by Benjamin Stong MD, Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery LLC
5670 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd NE, #910
Atlanta, GA 30342
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