They can appear on any part of the body at birth and are usually red or purple in colour. Over time port wine stains may grow, thicken and develop raised areas.

Port wine stains need to be protected from sunlight. Use a high factor sun cream and protective clothing to avoid exposure.

How are carpillary vascular malformations treated?

It is important to see a specialist consultant soon after birth to ensure a port wine stain is monitored and any changes are recorded. Recent advances in treatment indicate early laser treatment can be very effective in reducing or eliminating port wine stains.

Smaller port wine stains can be covered using special waterproof makeup.

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