Birthmarks May occur in the first few months


Dr Clayton has a special interest in birthmarks. Whilst he was a specialist registrar he created a DVD-ROM for parents of children who had birthmarks. Dr Clayton created one of the first websites for patient information.

He works closely in his NHS practice with experts from other fields including paediatrics, genetics and plastic surgery.

Tim was one of the first doctors in the UK that used propranolol to treat infantile haemangiomas and has now treated over 100 children successfully with this treatment.

Birthmarks are markings that are found on the skin either immediately after birth or within the first few months of life. They may be raised or flat, skin coloured or coloured. Birthmarks can appear anywhere on the skin, including inside the body.

The two main types of birthmark are:
vascular birthmarks (often red, pink or purple) caused by abnormal blood vessels in or under the skin.

pigmented birthmarks (usually brown) caused by clusters of pigment cells.


Vascular birthmarks often occur on the face and neck. If surface blood vessels are affected, a vascular birthmark will appear red, purple or pink. If the affected vessels are deep, the birthmark will appear blue. Whereas pigmented birthmarks are tan or brown-coloured skin marks.

Dr Clayton has a special interest in vascular birthmarks and has established a regional vascular malformation clinic at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Most birthmarks are harmless and don’t usually need to be treated. Some will fade over time, whereas other types such as port wine stains will be permanent if they’re not treated.
In some cases, a birthmark will need to be treated for medical reasons and some patients may seek treatment for cosmetic reasons.


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