Strawberry Mark at Three Years
Sun will be three years old in a couple of weeks. You may not remember when I first wrote about her birthmark, or when I followed up on her treatment when she was just over a year old. If you do remember, or if you are new to this story, here’s another installment.
In October of 2008, Sun had an appointment with her dermatologist for another laser treatment. Since starting treatment, this was the first time I almost cancelled because I didn’t think it was necessary any longer. But we kept the appointment. When the doctor saw her leg, he surprised us and recommended we NOT do a treatment. It was a huge relief. Even better, he didn’t want to see her for a year.
So, after a year, we returned to her dermatologist. He was delighted with her improvement. Her case was closed. He informed us that she’d no longer need any treatments, but that her skin would be puckery when it was all said and done and that if, when she was older, she was self-conscious about it, she could opt for cosmetic laser treatment at that time.
That was over six months ago. And her mark continues to look lighter, to lay flatter, each month. Here’s what it looks like now:
Let me show you both legs together to compare:
If you don’t know it is there, you wouldn’t see it. But *I* know it’s there. And I still love that it reminds me of the day she was born and placed into my arms for the first time. That mark is unique unto her and all her own. I hope she comes to appreciate that it’s the differences among us that make us beautiful. Because I hope she never wants cosmetic treatment to make it disappear entirely.