When Zac was about a month and a half old, we went to see our first pediatric dermatologist. The wait to see this specialist was the longest wait of our lives. We tried and tried to get in earlier, but they did not seem very concerned with Zac's skin condition...at least not enough for it to warrant squeezing him in their busy schedule. Upon visiting our first pediatric dermatologist, he examined Zac and we asked some questions regarding satellites and removal. He basically told us that it was possible to remove some of Zac's smaller satellites but it would leave extensive scarring. So...he told us "you'll have to decide which is worse...a substantial scar - or a big hairy nevus". REALLY??, we thought. Isn't this 2010? He then recommended that we look into a 'paravertebral stripping'...what the heck is this...yeah, we never quite understood it either but it basically has to do with stripping only the nevus skin over the spine on the back. So...let me get this straight...it isn't bad enough that he has a big hairy speckled birthmark on his back...but let's strip ONLY the skin over the spine?? How do you even do something like that??
Well...next thing you know, we found Dr. Bruce Bauer in Chicago (and have since found Dr. Harper Price...our fabulous Pediatric Dermatologist) and GUESS WHAT.....after removing the hairy, puffy nevus on Zac's arm...here is what we have....
Thank you Dr. Bauer!! And Praise God for such remarkable results and resilience in our little guy.