Paediatric Surgery

Young, growing bodies deserve extra special care. Dr Buckland performs a range of paediatric plastic surgery procedures in private hospitals. His anaesthetists have specialised training and experience when dealing with children and ensuring they are emotionally relaxed and comfortable.

Vascular Malfunctions (Birthmarks)

They’re a lot more common than you think. Those red, pink or purple birthmarks that blemish the skin can also tarnish a child’s prospects later in life. Dr Buckland can offer a solution early in your child’s life, for long term benefits.

Vascular birthmarks are caused by an increased number of abnormal blood vessels beneath the skin and include macular stains (salmon patches), hemangioma, and Port-wine stains. A little over 1 in 10 babies have a vascular birthmark evident by the age of one.

While the exact cause of most birthmarks is unknown, vascular birthmarks are not hereditary. They are thought to occur as a result of a localised imbalance in factors controlling the development and migration of skin cells.

Assessing the most effective solution

Treatment options depend on several factors, including the location, severity and type of the birthmark. In your child’s initial consultation, Dr Buckland will be able to make an accurate assessment and diagnosis of your child’s birthmark, how it will progress over time and advise on possible treatment options.

Dr Buckland’s mission is to continue to provide world-class paediatric care in the diagnosis, treatment and management of all vascular birthmarks. To find out more, simply contact us for more information.

What causes birthmarks?

The cause of most birthmarks is still unknown. Doctors agree that no known food, medication or activity during pregnancy can cause a birthmark.

Is my child’s birthmark painful?

In most cases, they aren’t. However there are certain situations where a birthmark can cause your child some pain and treatment may be the best option in these circumstances.

What are the types of birth marks?

There are two main types of birthmarks: vascular and pigmented. Vascular birthmarks are caused by incorrectly formed blood vessels in your child’s skin, while pigmented birthmarks are caused by an overproduction of pigmentation cells.

Whatever type of birthmark your child has, Dr Garry Buckland is uniquely qualified for their treatment. We invite you to contact us today to book a consultation.