Port Wine Stains

Red or burgundy patch on the skin which slowly darkens and thickens in the first several decades of life which may develop localized thickenings (blebs) which can bleed, or become infected. Unlike Hemangiomas, Port-Wine Stains grow proportionately as the child grows. PWS do not go away by themselves and will thicken, darken and lead to deformity without treatment.

Symptoms: 
Thickened, red/purple or burgundy colored papules over the Port-Wine Stain which may bleed; red/purple facial stain may be associated with seizures, glaucoma, and intellectual and developmental disabilities (Sturge Weber Syndrome).

Treatments: 
Pulsed Dye Laser (Candela Vbeam Perfecta).

For more information, please visit our library.

Click here for a printable patient handout.

Before and After


Devices used to treat this condition:

  • Cutera® Excel V
  • Pulsed Dye Laser

Treatments for this condition:

  • Port Wine Stain Removal
  • Red Birthmark Removal

Next, read about hemangioma.

By Pima Dermatology | © 2018 All Rights Reserved. Design & Development by Goldman Marketing Group | Sitemap | The information available on this web site is provided for informational purposes only. This information is not intended to replace a medical consultation where a physician's judgment may advise you about specific disorders, conditions and or treatment options. We hope the information will be useful for you to become more educated about your health care decisions.