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Old 08-03-2011, 03:08 PM
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Default new here - Dr. prefers wait-and-see - unsure

HI! Thank you for this incredibly helpful forum.

Our 10 month old has a hemangioma on her right nipple. It started growing at a few weeks and seemed to have stopped by the time she was 7 or 8 months old. It is mostly flat and red, greying in the middle. There is also some excess tissue underneath it, so that the right nipple is noticeably puffier than the left one.

We have seen our pediatrician as well as a dermatologist. They both recommended the wait-and-see approach since it appears to have started to involute already, and is in an inconspicuous location. The dermo said she could do laser, but that would only eliminate the redness, and do nothing to help with longer term scarring, or with the extra tissue under the skin. She said that in 2 to 10 years, when it is completely finished involuting, we can look into surgically correcting the scars and removing excess tissue.

I'm having doubts that this is the best treatment option. We want to minimize any scarring or surgery (of course). Maybe we should reconsider the laser treatment? Is there anything that can help get rid of the extra tissue?

Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you so much!
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