Café au lait birthmarks are a common type of birthmark that can appear anywhere on the body. This type of birthmark is harmless and is flat on the skin. Café au lait birthmarks get their name from resembling the colour of coffee, as café au lait is French for coffee with milk. These birthmarks are pigmented to be a few shades darker than your skin, so they can be anywhere from light brown to darker shades.
Here at The Laser Treatment Clinic, we can help remove the appearance of birthmarks like café au lait spots permanently leaving the skin healthy and clear, and we’re here to debunk the myths and misconceptions that many people have about this kind of birthmark.
Myth 1: You can’t reduce their appearance
Café au lait birthmarks are permanent. They may naturally fade with age, but they’re usually a part of your body forever. Many people make the assumption that they cannot be reduced in appearance or removed altogether. However, professional laser clinics such as ourselves offer cutting-edge laser treatment that can help fade or even remove café au lait birthmarks.
If you’ve been considering birthmark removal treatment, why not book your free consultation with a member of our team? We can discuss the best treatment specific to your skin.
Myth 2: Only babies have them
Café au lait birthmarks are very common in babies. This is because these birthmarks are congenital (present at birth), but this has led some people to believe that only babies have these birthmarks. The truth is, these birthmarks stay with you into adulthood! Since they are permanently part of your skin, some people do not like the appearance of them and wish to remove them. This is where laser treatment comes in, as skincare professionals can use advanced treatment to target the blood vessels beneath the birthmarks, resulting in a faded appearance.
Myth 3: They always indicate an underlying health condition
Sometimes, café au lait spots can be an indication of some genetic disorders such as neurofibromatosis type 1. But this does not mean that if you have a café au lait spot that you have this disorder. If you notice more than 6 café au lait spots on your body, you should visit your doctor to make sure they’re not a sign of a genetic disorder.
However, if you only have one or two birthmarks, this is not a cause for concern.
If you wish to have your café au lait birthmarks removed, contact our team for more information. Our advanced laser treatments can help reduce the appearance of your café au lait spots and leave you feeling more confident in your skin.