While in many cases both vascular tumors and vascular malformations do not cause pain, they can be disfiguring, embarrassing and can have a profound impact on a child’s self-image. Finding the right specialist is key. NYEE’s Vascular Birthmark Program, led by Dr. Gregory Levitin, a national authority on the treatment of vascular birthmarks draws patients nationally and internationally. Our treatment philosophy is to provide prompt evaluation, confirm the diagnosis, and discuss appropriate treatment options to ensure that every patient has the opportunity to be treated in a timely and effective manner. When a case requires the expertise of multiple specialists, our patients benefit from our multidisciplinary and patient centered approach that places them at the heart of the treatment plan.
Early detection is central to managing and diminishing the impact of birthmarks which is why correct diagnosis is so important. Patients seen at NYEE will receive a thorough evaluation that includes sophisticated diagnostic tests to not only confirm a diagnosis but to fully understand the extent of the disease and the organs involved. Since each case is unique our specialists develop customized treatment plans that utilize state-of-the-art technology to treat vascular birthmarks and malformations. Not only do we use advanced treatment methods, we’ve pioneered some of them. Patients that were once told they can’t be helped find new hope in our innovative use of laser therapy and strategic approach to surgery, using carefully designed incisions to access hard to reach areas.
Because the psychological impact of vascular birthmarks and malformations can be long-lasting, treating the underlying disease becomes just one part of a successful patient case; minimizing the disease’s disfiguring effects is another part of the equation. To obtain the best cosmetic results, the vascular birthmark specialists at NYEE combine the skills of pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery to employ the smallest incisions or align incisions with natural skin creases.