UC Irvine laser center gets the red out

July 18, 2011
Port-Wine Stain

Many people have birth marks, but three of every 1,000 American children are born with a larger mark called a port-wine stain that can significantly affect their quality of life.

UC Irvine’s Beckman Laser Institute is making it easier to remove these intrusive birthmarks, as well as acne scars, sunspots and tattoos, through state-of-the-art technologies and procedures.

Dramatic improvements in laser removal treatments over the past decade have given dermatologists and surgeons greater ability to lighten or even fully remove these intrusive birthmarks.

Alyssa Chhe, right, was born with a port-wine stain on her face and arm. Now eight months old, she receives monthly treatments at Beckman.

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