Hemangiomas and vascular malformations, the most common vascular lesions of the face, head and neck, can affect both adults and children. While hemangiomas and vascular malformations are related, they are very different in many important aspects. In the past, these lesions were commonly referred to simply as “hemangiomas” and often treated by “watching and waiting.” Today, an increased understanding of the biology and natural progression of these lesions has led to significant advances in their treatment.
While some of these lesions may regress, the regression may be limited. Some may continue to grow. Appropriate diagnosis and treatment can have an important impact of the long-term cosmetic and functional outcomes of affected patients.