Treatment Overview

In deciding whether a hemangioma needs to be treated and with which medication to use, your child’s doctor needs to consider not only what the hemangioma looks like now, but what it might look like in a few years. Sometimes an early and aggressive treatment approach is necessary. Other times it is wiser to adopt a “wait and see” approach. Like any decision in medical care, the potential benefits which might be gained from treatment must be carefully weighed against the risks of treatment.

The choice to use one of these various treatments involves the location of the hemangioma on the body, the age of the child, the growth stage of the hemangioma and parental preferences. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach.

  • This two-month-old male presented with a large hemangioma of the lateral cheek region.  He was treated with oral propranolol, and at 1 year of age (second photo), marked improvement is noted.