Port-wine stain (also known as PWS) is a common types of birthmark in the skin due to abnormally formed finer blood vessels which may imitate the colour of port-wine, hence its peculiar name. If PWS if left untreated then it will remain with the individual for the rest of their life, although their colour may change over time to dark red, then purple and then brown; sometimes they may develop into tiny bumps on the skin, but this is not a frequent occurrence amongst sufferers. PWS is mostly discovered at birth, and there are only a handful of cases which have been reported later in life, at which point it is then called acquired port-wine stain.
The specific cause of PWS is not fully defined but one line of thought says that it is due to the nerves controlling the intricate network of blood vessels, that don’t off following chemical signals in these nerves. Henceforth, these fine blood vessels enlarge to give the colour of port-wine stains. If PWS is around the eyes it may cause glaucoma (raised eye ball pressure), and if this is the case, please consult your local GP for assistance. Furthermore, you may wish to seek help locally in order to treat PWS, but you may find that the treatment options are not widely available and people generally have to travel long distances to find a centre who have a pulsed-dye laser (PDL) to treat this condition.
If however you do not get any joy locally, then you may contact us Renew Skin and Health Clinic on 01926 422 454 to have a consultation booked in with our specialists. Please be aware that PWS is not a condition which requires one-off treatment, but one will have to attend multiple times to us or other clinics elsewhere to have their Port-wine stains treated. The process is slow and one must be very patient but you will inevitably see the result as the time goes by.
If you are at a driveable distance to Leamington Spa then please do not hesitate to contact us again on 01926 422 454. Our lines are open from 9AM to 9PM, and we are located at 18 Guy St. Leamington Spa, CV32 4RT. We have clients regularly coming to us form various parts of UK such as Birmingham, Coventry, Worcester, Oxford, Cheltenham, Gloucester, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Leicester, Nottingham, London, Northampton, Luton, Bedford and so many other places to have their port-wine stains effectively treated.
There will be consultation fees of £100 plus depending upon the size of port wine stain and the cost of the actual treatment will vary from between £200-500/ session.