What Are Pigmented Lesions?
Hey, nobody’s perfect – even if you’re in Beaumont or somewhere else in beautiful Texas. Pigmented lesions refer to lesions that are brown, black or blue in color, or may be confused with brown or black lesions (e.g., vascular lesions sometimes look black but under dermoscopy appear red, purple or blue). The color of pigmented skin lesions can be influenced by melanin, blood, or exogenous pigment, like tattoo ink for example.
What Are Some Types of Pigmented Lesions?
A hemangioma is a benign or noncancerous tumor composed of blood vessels. There are many types of hemangiomas, and they can occur in skin, muscle, bone, and internal organs. Most hemangiomas occur on the surface of the skin or right beneath it. They often develop on the face and neck, and vary in color, shape, and size. Because hemangiomas are rarely cancerous, most do not require medical treatment. However, many people seek to get rid of them for cosmetic reasons. In most cases, treatment of hemangiomas does not involve surgery. When tumors are embedded in muscle or bone or causing vision, breathing, or eating, treatment becomes necessary.
Port Wine Stains
Medically termed “capillary vascular malformations,” port wine stains are present at birth and can be permanent without treatment. They grow in tandem with the child, and although they do not spread and cover unaffected skin, they can darken and thicken as the vessels slowly dilate over time as patients become adults. Capillary vascular malformations that are located on the upper third of the face may also involve the eye and the central nervous system The medical term for this is Sturge-Weber syndrome. In such instances, monitoring of this condition by a doctor starting in infancy is recommended because of the risk of glaucoma. Patients with central nervous system involvement can have seizures, and brain MRI scans may be requested by the doctor to monitor for possible complications. Capillary vascular malformations may also involve deeper abnormal vessels such as veins and lymphatics (Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome), or arteries and veins (Parkes-Weber syndrome).
SKs, or seborrheic keratoses, are noncancerous (benign) skin growths that some people develop as they age. Often they appear on the back or chest, but can occur anywhere on the body. SKs grow slowly, in groups or individually. Most people will develop at least one seborrheic keratosis during their lifetime. Their appearance can vary widely, from light tan to brown or black. The most common texture is rough and has a bumpy, grainy surface that crumbles easily, though some may be smooth and waxy. Though some may be tiny, others can grow larger than 3 cm in diameter. SKs may be mistaken for warts, moles, skin tags, or skin cancer.
Essentially a harmless patch of darkened skin, a solar lentigo results from exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which causes local proliferation of melanocytes and accumulation of melanin within the skin cells, known as keratinocytes. Solar lentigines are very common, particularly in people over 40 years old, which is why they’re sometimes called “old age spots” or “senile freckles.” A flat, well-circumscribed patch, a solar lentigo can be round, oval, or irregular in shape. Color varies from skin-colored, tan to dark brown or black, and its size can vary from a few millimeters to several centimeters in diameter. They are often more common in fair-skinned individuals.
Treatment for Pigmented Lesions in Beaumont, TX
Ready to visit with us at Aesthetic Laser Center and get even more beautiful than you already are? Our top-of-the-line treatments like PicoSure and the ICON can treat pigmented lesions, helping you to feel more confident in your skin.* Simply give us a call at 409-300-1620 or click the button below to set up an appointment today.
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