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Carlos2 12-30-2003 08:47 PM

I need some advise
Hi, my name is Carlos im 20 years old, hispanic (light-skinned) and i have a port wine stain on the left side of my face and im trying to save up money for surgery, im thinking of going for the laser surgery until it fades and then doing the Embolization. Godwilling its as easy as i make it sound I really think that this is my best option, if some of you are not familiar with the definition

Embolization means : A technique to treat arteriovenous malformations (AVM's) and tumours with a large number of vessels by injecting a special glue to block off the abnormal vessels.

Its like fading the stain with a laser and then cloging up the vessels that make the stain show up on your skin with glue so that the stain wont show up. I' ve been researching on my port wine stain since i was a freshman and i try not to let it bother me, never had a problem with girls or fitting-in in school but it is aquard at times when strangers stare or people you meet say "hey what happened to your face did someone just slap you" (ignorants). some people say its all in your head, but man if everyone had one i wouldnt be complaining since its not and we are "minorities" in this case and it can be corrected, heck why not!? it just is discouraging when some negative money hungry doctors say "hey you'll have to come back month after month until i pay of my yacth, then ill kick in the full power of this laser". insurance companies are the same too. but lets not get into that, all i want is advice. Thank you

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