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Vascular Birthmarks & Malformations Diagnostic and Treatment Center

Port-wine stains, birthmarks and other vascular malformations of the skin system can have potentially devastating emotional, psychological and physical complications.

Our specialists at the UCI Health Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic are experts in managing and treating these congenital conditions in infants, children and adults.

Our team is internationally known for its expertise and pioneering contributions in laser therapy for:
  • Arteriovenous malformations
  • Lymphatic malformations
  • Nevus of Ota

An estimated 60 percent of these birthmarks and malformations are misdiagnosed, often resulting in inadequate or inappropriate treatment. Our primary focus is the accurate diagnosis and careful treatment of these complex disorders.

To make an appointment, call us today at 949-824-7997.

More than one in 10 infants are born with a vascular malformation, although not all are visible at birth. These birthmarks are the result of an increased number of blood vessels in the skin.

Combined expertise

For the best possible therapeutic outcome, patients require the expertise of an experienced team of specialists whose primary focus is the management of port-wine stains and other vascular malformations.

The multidisciplinary team of medical specialists with the UCI Health Vascular Birthmarks & Malformations Diagnostic and Treatment Center provides a variety of treatment options for patients of all ages. In our experience, the earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome.

Clinic hours

  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays, 7 a.m.-4 p.m.

Learn more about the vascular skin conditions we treat ›

The Vascular Birthmarks & Malformations Diagnostic and Treatment Center is a world leader in the successful treatment of patients with port-wine stains, hemangiomas and other malformations of the skin.

Pioneers in technology

Dr. J. Stuart Nelson, medical director of the Beckman Laser Institute & Medical Clinic, developed a cryogen spray cooling device that has revolutionized the use of lasers to treat disfiguring birthmarks. The device, which has been incorporated into more than 20,000 laser systems worldwide, makes it possible to treat these vascular conditions without damaging adjacent normal skin.

Studies have shown that early laser treatment of these birthmarks dramatically improves clearance of the lesions.

Expert medical team

Our patients also benefit from the skill of our multidisciplinary medical team, which includes anesthesiologists, dermatologists, head and neck surgeons, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons and both diagnostic and interventional radiologists.

These physicians have the combined expertise and dedication needed to treat all aspects of these complex vascular conditions.

The UCI Health Vascular Birthmarks & Malformations Diagnostic and Treatment Center has a unique multidisciplinary team of physicians with expertise in treating vascular birthmarks and malformations, including port-wine stains.

Our team members include:



Laser surgery



Plastic surgery


Clinic hours

  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.—5 p.m.
  • Wednesdays and Fridays, 7 a.m.—4 p.m.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call us at 949-824-7997.

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