Vascular birthmarks are benign (non-cancerous) skin markings that are present at birth or appear within a few weeks of birth. They are caused by abnormal formation or growth of blood vessels in the skin.



Description: These are raised birthmarks that develop within a week or two after birth. They might start as a flat red mark and then rapidly grow bigger. They can be superficial (on the skin’s surface), deep (below the skin), or mixed.


Port-wine Stains

These are flat, pink, red, or purple marks that appear at birth. They typically persist throughout life and can appear anywhere on the body, often on the face.


Salmon Patches (Stork Bites)

These are flat, pink patches that often appear on the nape of a newborn’s neck, eyelids, or between the eyes. They are the most common type of vascular birthmark.


Typically, no treatment is needed, as many salmon patches fade as the child grows. Those on the back of the neck might remain, but are often covered by hair.

Before choosing a treatment, it’s essential to consult with a pediatric dermatologist who can advise on the best approach based on the child’s specific birthmark type and characteristics. Regular check-ups might be necessary, especially if the birthmark is large or in a sensitive area.