At Wellspring Craniofacial Group in Austin, we understand that infant hemangioma treatment can seem overwhelming. This can be true of any vascular malformation. The good news is that many hemangiomas require close observation only, and half will clear up before kindergarten without treatment.
If your child requires infant hemangioma treatment in the Austin area, don’t worry. Our caring craniofacial surgeons are here to support you and your child at every stage. And the prognosis for a hemangioma, even when treatment is required, is excellent.
Infant Hemangioma Treatment
No one is sure what causes infant hemangioma. These vein-filled patches are not usually present at birth but rather develop within the first few weeks of life.
When you notice a hemangioma on your baby’s face, head, or torso, it can be intimidating. You will see a bright red, raised spot above the skin or a bluish area below the skin.
Even though hemangiomas are not cause for alarm, always contact your pediatrician when you first notice signs of a hemangioma. You will want to get a definitive diagnosis and have the hemangioma monitored as your child grows.
Get in touch with your doctor if you notice sudden changes in your baby’s hemangioma, such as:
- Bleeding around the hemangioma
- Signs of infection like crusting
- Accelerated growth of the hemangioma
When To Seek A Pediatric Craniofacial Surgeon
An early evaluation with a specialist can:
1) Limit the size of the hemangioma. The first year of life corresponds to a rapid growth phase of a hemangioma (a rate that far out-paces the growth of a child). Two different medications can limit (and in some cases decrease) the size of the hemangioma. This is especially important when the hemangioma could impact vision, breathing, or hearing.
2) Accelerate the resolution of a hemangioma. Roughly 60% of hemangiomas are expected to disappear by kindergarten. Some resolve earlier and some resolve later. Specific laser therapies can accelerate the resolution process.
3) Decrease the chances of residual scar or deformity. Although the vast majority of hemangiomas resolve on their own, 30% of them leave a scar or deformity to the skin or surrounding anatomy. This fact is especially important when hemangiomas exist near the mouth, nose, or eyelids. Laser therapy and surgical techniques can limit the visibility of a residual deformity.
4) Rule out conditions associated with hemangiomas.
Our Austin surgeons are uniquely trained in both pediatric plastic surgery and in cosmetic surgery, so they always have an eye on long-term function and long-term appearance.
What to Expect if Your Baby Needs Treatment
There are times when infant hemangioma treatment is warranted even when the hemangioma is not interfering with life functions. As a parent, of course you are concerned for your child’s physical well-being. We are parents ourselves and we understand this concern.
Cosmetic treatments for hemangioma may include safe and painless medical, laser, and surgical options. These are especially important after your baby has grown into a toddler and school is on the horizon. Other children, unfortunately, can be cruel.
Reasons to consider infant hemangioma treatment through our Austin office include:
- A shrinking of the hemangioma, especially if it is interfering with life function
- A means to make the hemangioma disappear faster
- A reduction in mild scarring or other abnormalities like loose skin around the hemangioma
At Wellspring Craniofacial Group, we believe that early evaluation can help you decide whether treatment is warranted and what types of treatment exist. We provide each family with the best options possible and utilize all the latest and most noninvasive technologies. And we are always available to answer your questions and help you make the best decisions for your child.
Please contact our office in Austin today at 512-600-2888 or contact us online to schedule an evaluation.