Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Evaluation Treatment specialist Warning Signs Outlook Underlying Cause Anatomy

Macular Stains Overview

What are macular stains?
An infant with a macular stain has a flat, red birthmark on the skin of the face or neck. Macular stains are the most common type of birthmark. Macular stains to the face usually disappear within 2 years, while macular stains to the neck may persist into adulthood.

What are the symptoms of macular stains?
Macular stains rarely cause additional symptoms.

How does the doctor treat macular stains?
Macular stains do not require treatment, but they may be treated for cosmetic reasons. This may include surgery, cosmetics, and laser therapy.

Continue to Macular Stains Evaluation

Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Macular Stains References
  1. Enjolras O, Mulliken JB: The current management of vascular birthmarks. Pediatr Dermatol 1993 Dec; 10(4): 311-3. [9039172]
  2. Geronemus RG, Ashinoff R: The medical necessity of evaluation and treatment of port-wine stains. J Dermatol Surg Oncol 1991 Jan; 17(1): 76-9. [1991884]
  3. Vidaurri-de la Cruz H, Happle R. Two distinct types of speckled lentiginous nevi characterized by macular versus papular speckles. Dermatology. 2006;212(1):53-8. [16319475]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.