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Salmon Patch or Angel Kiss

More than one-third of infants are born with a pink, flat looking patch on the nose, forehead, upper lip, eyelids or at the nape of the neck.  This condition is commonly called Salmon Patch, Stork Bite or Angel Kiss. These are minor blood vessels dilations and are not true port-wine stains.

Salmon Patch, Stork Bite or Angel Kiss


What is a “salmon patch”, “stork bite” or “angel kiss”?

More than one-third of infants are born with a pink, flat looking patch on the nose, forehead, upper lip, eyelids or at the nape of the neck.  Some babies develop them within their first months after birth. These marks are sometimes called an “angel kiss”, a “salmon patch” or a “stork bite”). They sometimes appear lighter when pressed, or can look darker with temperature changes or crying.

A salmon patch is the occurrence of minor blood vessel dilations and is not a true port-wine stain. Those located on the face fade and eventually disappear, usually within 18 months or less. Those at the base of the neck are often permanent. Please see Dr. Jennifer Janiga if you have any question about which type of blood vessel growth you or your child has.

What is the cause of “salmon patch” or” angel kiss”?

The lesions are congenital, but the cause is unknown.

How is a “salmon patch” or” angel kiss” diagnosed?

They are diagnosed by their appearance.

What treatment is available to treat “salmon patch” or “angel kiss”?

Unless bothersome, these usually require no treatment. If the salmon patch does not fade and treatment is desired for aesthetic reasons, Dr. Jennifer Janiga has years of experience using the “Pulse-Dye Laser”, a safe and effective treatment for a salmon patch. Treatment success depends on the age at which it is begun and the location of the birthmark. With multiple treatments, most salmon patches can be significantly lightened. In order to minimize discomfort, topical, local, or general anesthesia can be administered prior to the procedure.

For more information, or to set up a consultation with Dr. Jennifer Janiga to discuss your or your child’s salmon patch in our Reno / Tahoe dermatology and cosmetic surgery office, please send us an email or call 775-398-4600. Appointment length varies but is usually not more than 15-30 minutes.

Jennifer J. Janiga, MD, FAAD

Dr. Janiga enjoys taking care of both adults and children. Her extensive training and years of experience in medical dermatology, lasers, and cosmetic procedures allows her to treat her patients with the comprehensive attention they deserve.

Dr. Janiga listens attentively to what patients have to say, and works with them in planning the right course of action on an individual basis. Honest talk, humility and a fresh perspective paired with years of experience and education all contribute to the effectiveness of her straightforward care.