Port Wine Stain TreatmentOur physicians are world leaders in the treatment of birthmarks including Port Wine Stains and hemangiomas. Our physicians have over thirty (34) years of experience in the treatment of port wine stains in infants, children and adults. Our center specializes in the outpatient management of patients with this condition and services can also be provided at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary for those patients requiring general anesthesia.
Our highly experienced and dedicated team of physicians and nurses cater to the needs of port wine stain patients. Most insurance plans are accepted for treatment, and our insurance staff works diligently to help our patients receive insurance coverage. We offer a variety of different lasers for the treatment of port wine stains including the V-Beam Prima laser, V-Beam Perfecta laser, Gentlelase laser, Alexandrite laser, nd:YAG laser, Excel V and Fraxel lasers.
Treatments in the office are performed with either topical anesthesia (EMLA or LMX), local anesthesia or none. We begin treatment in early infancy to facilitate the optimum response and outcome. Typically, multiple treatments are required and a complete cure is not always possible. Treatment intervals will vary based upon the variety of factors including the diagnosis, location of the birthmark, and the age of the patient. Our physicians have helped develop many, if not most, of the laser technology available today for the treatment of birthmarks. We continually offer the most current treatment for our patients in this rapidly evolving field and we are investigating new technologies for port wine stains at this time. For more information on port wine stain treatment, click on the question and answer icon on the left side of this page.
Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., using the pulsed dye laser and two balloons to demonstrate how lasers can selectively remove a target in a birthmark without injury to the surrounding or overlying skin
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The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York was featured on the CBS Early Show February 25th & 26th, 2004. This segment follows one of Dr. Geronemus' patients through a Port Wine Stain treatment. Click here to watch the video.
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New Hope for Port Wine Stain Patients
"This new technology has great potential to change therapies for vascular conditions.”— Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.
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Physicians at LSSCNY find major breakthrough in treating infants without the need for general anesthesia.
Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., and his colleagues at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York find major breakthrough in treating infants without the need for general anesthesia in a recent study published in the prestigious JAMA Dermatology journal.
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Vascular Birthmarks Foundation Hosts 400 and Provides 40 Free Laser treatments by Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., at the 18th Annual Conference
From left to right: Giacomo Colletti, M.D., Arianna Coletti, M.D., Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., Linda Rozell-Shannon, PhD, and Stavros Tombris, M.D., all at LSSCNY today for the commencement of the annual conference.
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Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., traveled to Rome, with the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation iTeam 2018
Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., recently traveled to Rome, Italy with the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation to participate in the VBF iTeam international Conference and Clinics. Founded by Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, the conference is open to both physicians and families, and offers free laser treatments, lectures, and support groups.
Conference Recap: 19 patients were seen in the clinic, 11 had laser treatment by Dr. Roy Geronemus and Dr. Stuart Nelson. Patients came from all over the world including Italy, Croatia, England and Malta. Those who had laser treatment were patients with port wine stains with ages ranging from 6 months to 50.
Dr. Roy Geronemus and the Vascular Birthmark Foundation iTeam travel to Parma, Italy 2016
Dr. Geronemus traveled to Parma, Italy with the VBF iTeam to take part in the International Symposium on Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations. His lectures included: "Treatment of Cutaneous Vascular Anomalies with Laser Therapy", "Laser Treatment Parameters for Maximum Results" and "Adjuvant Laser as with a Drug Therapy"
Laser treatment of port-wine study published by the physicians at our center
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Pediatric patients benefit from laser treatments - Dr. Geronemus featured in Dermatology Times
Roy G. Geronemus, M.D., travels to Israel with the Vascular Birthmarks Foundation iTeam of experts 2015
February 18-19, 2015 the VBF iTeam, along with program founder and VBF President, Dr. Linda Rozell-Shannon, participated in a two-day Vascular Anomalies Conference at the Sackler Medical School in Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
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The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation presents to Dr. Roy Geronemus the VBF Humanitarian Award for his work with the international VBF iTeam.
Dr. Geronemus and the VBF ITeam have traveled to Russia and India, providing free treatment to hundreds of patients with vascular birthmarks. He also provided free laser treatment for patients attending the VBF annual conference. International Patients were also treated at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York as part of the Vascular Birthmark Foundation Conference. Drs. Geronemus and Bernstein provided complimentary laser treatments to infants, children and adults with vascular birthmarks. Patients from England, Switzerland, Brazil, China, Argentina, Canada were amongst the patients seeking advice and treatments from our physicians.
Dr. Roy Geronemus traveled to India with the Vascular Birthmark Foundation iTeam - 2014
Dr. Roy Geronemus traveled to Delhi, India in February 2014 to speak and voluntarily treat children with port wine stains and hemangiomas. He was accompanied by his assistants Dr. Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae, Wendy Olin, RN, and Katie Feehan, RN. The LSSCNY team collaborated with a group of physicians from the Vascular Birthmark Foundation. There were dozens of children and adults treated by the VBF iTEAM (International missions team).
Team to travel to India to perform volunteer laser treatments
Dr. Roy Geronemus will be traveling to Delhi, India this February, 5-7 to speak and voluntarily treat children with port wine stains and hemangiomas. He will be accompanied by his assistants Dr. Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae, Wendy Olin, RN, and Katie Feehan, RN. The LSSCNY team will be collaborating with a group of physicians from the Vascular Birthmark Foundation.
There are over 170 children and adults scheduled for treatment by the VBF iTEAM (International missions team).
Cutting Edge Research From Our Center Presented at National Conference
Drs. Jeremy A. Brauer and Roy G. Geronemus presented cutting edge research on the treatment of vascular blebs and Port Wine Stains at the 2013 Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery on April 5, 2013.
Dr. Roy G. Geronemus traveled to Moscow to treat children with port wine stains and hemangiomas
Dr. Roy G. Geronemus traveled to Moscow, Russia to participate in “The International Conference with the Practical Course: Vascular Skin Tumors and Malformations in Children: Diagnosis and Management” on June 6-7, 2012. In addition to his lecture entitled “Treatment of Infantile Lesions (Vascular/Non-Vascular),” Dr. Geronemus treated Russian children at a local hospital.
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Dr. Roy G. Geronemus co-hosting the annual Vascular Birthmarks Conference
Dr. Roy G. Geronemus will be co-hosting the Vascular Birthmarks Conference to be held in New York City on November 10, 2012. Patient consultations will take place at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.
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Dr. Kavitha K. Reddy presents findings on using the KTP laser for treating Port Wine Stains
Dr. Kavitha K Reddy, a current fellow at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, recently presented "Treatment of Port Wine Stains with a Novel 532nm KTP Laser" at the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) in Kissimmee, Florida.
The Physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York set the standard for treating Port Wine Stains
Our newest publication "Investigation into optimal treatment intervals of facial port-wine stains using the pulsed dye laser" featured in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology sets the standard for treating Port Wine Stains with the pulsed dye laser.
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Dr. Roy G. Geronemus is featured as the cover story in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.
"Efficacy of Early Treatment of Facial Port Wine Stain in Newborns: A Review of 49 cases"
Dr. Roy G. Geronemus will be co-hosting the Vascular Birthmarks Conference to be held in New York City on November 10, 2012. Patient consultations will take place at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.Dr. Kavitha K Reddy, a current fellow at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, recently presented "at the 2012 meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) in Kissimmee, Florida.Our newest publication "Investigation into optimal treatment intervals of facial port-wine stains using the pulsed dye laser"featured in the sets the standard for treating Port Wine Stains with the pulsed dye laser."Efficacy of Early Treatment of Facial Port Wine Stain in Newborns: A Review of 49 cases" Click here to read the article
Dr. Roy G. Geronemus featured on Birthmarks.com
"Recommendations for Port Wine Stain Treatment"
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Dr. Roy G. Geronemusreceives Physician of the Year award
Dr.Geronemus received the "Physician of the Year" award from the Hemangioma Vascular Birthmark Foundation this November. The award was presented to Dr. Geronemus by the Foundation at their annual meeting in New York City on November 14, 2008.
Dr. Roy G. Geronemus & the Physicians at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York host the annual vascular birthmark conference
The Vascular Birthmarks Foundation along with Dr. Roy Geronemus and The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, present The 2010 Vascular Birthmarks Conference on October 9, 2010 at the NYU Medical Center and the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York.
Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York receives Award for Best Clinical Science Paper
The physicians of the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York received the award for Best Overall Clinical Science Paper. The paper entitled “Efficacy Of Early Treatment Of Facial Port-Wine Stains In Newborns: A Review Of 49 Cases” has been selected by the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery as the Best Overall Clinical Science Paper submitted for the 27th Annual Conference.
The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York is pleased to announce that we have added two V-Beam Perfectas to our existing group of lasers.
These lasers provide another option for our physicians in the treatment of port wine stains, hemangiomas, and other vascular birthmarks.
One of the advantages of these lasers is that they allow for the consistent delivery of high energy and utilize a larger spot size. In addition, the other characteristics of V-Beam technology remain including a variable pulse width and a variety of spot sizes and energy fluences. These devices are used with the dynamic cooling spray which allows for the safe delivery of higher energy fluences. Our physicians have worked with Candela laser in the development of this device.
The Laser& Skin Surgery Center of New York is pleased to introduce the Cynergy laser for the treatment of port wine stains
This laser utilizes a combination of two different wavelengths, commonly found in two separate and distinct lasers. Both the 595 nm and 1064 nm wavelengths are used simultaneously with sequential pulses when this laser is utilized. The advantage of this laser is that it allows for deeper penetration of the laser beam and minimizes the post-operative bruising seen in laser treatments relative to standard treatments with the pulsed dye lasers that are available today. This procedure requires topical and oral anesthesia and generally leaves a bruising effect that could be as short as two days with significant improvement noted in most patients. At this point, the Cynergy laser treatment is limited to adults only.
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Port Wine Stains References
Brauer JA, Geronemus RG. ”Single-treatment resolution of vascular blebs within port wine stains using a novel 1,064-nm neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser.” Dermatol Surg. 2013 Jul;39(7):1113-5.
Brauer JA, Geronemus RG. "Laser treatment in the management of infantile hemangiomas and capillary vascular malformations." Tech Vasc Interv Radiol. 2013 Mar: 16(1):51-4.
Chapas AM, Eickhorst K, Geronemus RG. "Efficacy of Early Treatment of Facial Port Wine Stains in Newborns: A Review of 49 Cases." Lasers Surg Med. 2007 Aug; 39(7):563-8.
Lou W, Geronemus R. "Treatment of port-wine stains by variable pulse width pulsed dye laser with cryogen spray: a preliminary study." Dermatol Surg. 2001; 27:963-5.
Geronemus R, Lou W, Quintana A, Kauvar A. "High fluence modified pulsed dye laser photocoagulation with dynamic cooling of port wine stains in infancy." Arch Dermatol. 2000; 136:942-3.
Miller C, Pit-Ten Cate IM, Watson HS, Geronemus RG. "Stress and family satisfaction in parents of children with facial port-wine stains." Pediatr Dermatol. 1999 May-Jun; 16(3):190-7.
Kauvar A, Geronemus R. "Treatment of port wine stains." N Engl J Med. 1998; 339:635-6.
Waldorf H, Alster T, Kauvar A, Geronemus R, Nelson S. "Effect of dynamic cooling on 585 nm pulsed dye laser treatment of port-wine stain birthmarks." Dermatol Surg. 1997; 23:657-62.
Kauvar A, Waldorf H, Geronemus R. "Effect of 7 mm vs. 5 mm spot size on pulsed dye laser treatment of port-wine stains and hemangiomas." Lasers Surg Med. 1995; 7:56.
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Renfro LR, Geronemus RG, Kauvar AB. "Anatomical differences of port-wine stains located on the trunk and extremities in response to treatment with the pulsed dye laser." Lasers Surg Med. 1994; 14(6):47.
Renfro L, Geronemus R. "Anatomical differences in the treatment of port wine stains with the pulsed dye laser." Arch Dermatol. 1993; 129:182-8.
Geronemus R. "The flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser in the treatment of cutaneous vascular disorders." Monografias de Dermatologia. 1992; 5(1):34-9.
Holy A, Geronemus RG. "Treatment of peri-orbital port wine stains with the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser." Arch Ophthalmol. 1992 Jun; 110(6):793-7.
Ashinoff R, Geronemus RG. "Treatment of a port wine stain in a black patient with the pulsed dye laser." J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1992; 18:147-8.
Ashinoff R, Geronemus RG. "Flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser for port wine stains in infancy: earlier versus later treatment." J Am Acad Dermatol. 1991; 24:467-72.
Geronemus R, Ashinoff RG. "The medical necessity of the evaluation and treatment of port wine stains." J Dermatol Surg Oncol. 1991; 17:76-9, 1991.
Reyes B, Geronemus R. "Treatment of port wine stains during childhood with the flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser." J Am Acad Dermatol. 1990; 23:1142-8.
Garden J, Burton C, Geronemus R. "The use of the pulsed dye laser for the treatment of port-wine stains in children." N Engl J Med. 1989; 321:901-2.
NYU UPN Dermatologists
- Roy G. Geronemus, M.D.
- Robert T. Anolik, M.D.
- Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae, M.D.
- Bradley S. Bloom, M.D.
- Daniel A. Belkin, M.D.
- Roy Seidenberg, M.D.
- Leonard J. Bernstein, M.D.
- Paul M. Friedman, M.D.
- Michelle F. Henry, M.D.
- Jessica J. Krant, M.D.
- Ronald Shelton, M.D.
- Dana Stern, M.D.
- Elliot T. Weiss, M.D.