Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations

Hemangiomas are raised birthmarks, normally red, blue, or purple. Hemangiomas are clumps of blood vessels that did not grow normally and can appear in different shapes and sizes over any part of the body. It is important to distinguish a hemangioma from a vascular malformation as this will determine the type of treatment the child might require. Hemangiomas that affect vision, breathing, or feeding can be serious and may need additional treatment.

The majority of hemangiomas resolve on their own and do not require treatment. Half of all hemangiomas resolve by age five.

How long will the procedure take?

Surgery to remove a hemangioma or vascular malformation can depend on the size of the lesion and the location.

Where will the incisions be?

All incisions are made to allow complete removal of the hemangioma or vascular malformation in a safe manner while taking into consideration appearance and function.

What will recovery be like?

Recovery typically depends on the extent of the surgery. Dr. Aboutanos will guide you through this process.

What else should I know about this procedure?

The timing for surgical removal of hemangioma and/or vascular malformation can vary from child to child. Dr. Aboutanos can discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure and the best timing for this surgery.