How my birthmark has affected my self-esteem

I have always felt ‘imperfect’ and very bothered by the appearance of my birthmark. Although I know I am very lucky not to have it on my face, it is still visible due to its shade of colour and size. It is a palm-sized blemish located on my inner left thigh.

Now, this gets in the way whenever I intend to wear shorts or dresses/skirts above knee-length, not to mention about swimming attire as well. It is very obvious when I am seated cross-legged which is the most comfortable sitting position when one wants to sit on the ground. 😛



Apart from trying to look like I have slimmer legs via this standing posture and angle, one is unable to tell that actually I have another hidden agenda – which is to hide the huge birthmark on my inner thigh. ☹

Before you treat your birthmark, you will need to first understand what type your birthmark belongs to.

There are different types of birthmark and mine is a pigmented birthmark known as Café Au Lait – a French word for “coffee with milk,” a light brown colour. They have smooth or irregular borders.

Here is an example of Café Au Lait birthmarks.


After assessing my birthmark during my consultation with Dr. Terence Tan at Halley Medical Aesthetics, the recommendation is to use Spectra Q-Switched laser by Lutronic to remove the birthmark.



Spectra Q-Switched laser provides 4 different Q-switched mode wavelengths – 1064 nm, 532 nm, 585 nm, 650 nm, so the robust Spectra makes it possible to provide a wide range of clinical options for treating pigmentation conditions, due to its versatility.

Lutronic is the only laser distributor in the market that is US FDA-cleared to treat melasma. In addition, to provide greater protection and care for your skin, Spectra’s beam profile and power options ensure that the energy is delivered efficiently to maximize effect while minimizing damage to surrounding tissue.

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SPECTRA’s combination of high peak power and short pulse width delivers efficient destruction of the target pigment with minimal collateral thermal damage, meeting the criteria of selective photothermolysis.

The number of laser sessions required to treat birthmark depends on the type, size and depth of pigmentation. Post-treatment will result in slight soreness which will subside around 2 hours or so, darkening of the pigmentation area, followed by dryness and peeling thereafter. It is also important to note that different types of birthmark/pigmentation may require different methods. Your doctor is the best person to advise you after assessing your condition.

I am really looking forward to get my birthmark treated and in my next blog post, I will be sharing more with you guys! Keep your eyes peeled! ☺

Halley Medical Aesthetics

248 River Valley Road #01-01

Singapore 238302

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One comment

  1. Jen Ng says:

    Hi, I enjoy reading your blog. Can you send me pictures of your birthmark and the progress of how it healed? What wavelength did the doctor used? I have one that I would love to get removed but havent had success with it 🙁 Did the big one on your leg ever go away?

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