The first photo is before this patient’s VBeam Perfecta treatment and the after is the six weeks post-treatment. With significant lightening of the lesion especially laterally, the stain has gone from purple to red. With continued treatment, Dr. Brace is confident that this stain will continue to lighten significantly.


Although port wine stains affect every one in 300 babies born, there are often many uncertainties regarding what causes the condition, what it means, and how it can be treated. At Guelph Facial Plastics, we educate our clients and successfully treat port wine stains.

What are port-wine stains?

A port wine stain is a kind of birthmark, usually large in size and often on the face, neck or head. It’s name is in regards to its maroon colouring, and that it often looks as though wine has been splashed onto the skin. They are formed from a malformation of blood vessels in the skin. At birth, the mark usually starts out looking pink, then begins to progress to a darker colour with aging. For many children, port wine stains don’t impact their daily lives until school age when teasing begins which can lead to significant psychological stress and self consciousness.

Port wine stains are largely considered to be harmless; however, there are very rare cases in which these “stains” can be associated with more serious medical conditions. A medical assessment is important in all of these cases.

How can they be treated?

One of the most effective ways to treat port wine stains is with a pulse dye laser. At Guelph Facial Plastics, we use the gold standard in pulsed-dye laser technology: Syneron Candela’s VBeam Perfecta. The safe and effective laser lessens the look of port wine stains and other common pigmented and vascular lesions. The VBeam perfecta delivers energy into the skin in pulses, allowing the beam to target the area being treated without harming the surrounding skin with a guaranteed faster clearance and minimized risk.

Treating port wine stains, is often easier when the patient is younger. As results are most effective when the “stain” is less pigmented and smaller in size. As early as infancy children can be treated without any pain or side effects. At Guelph Facial Plastics, we handle these cases with the utmost care and caution. We understand that young children’s skin is very sensitive and must be treated differently to that of an adult. Rest assured that your port wine stain (or your child’s) will be treated by one of North America’s top facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Matthew Brace.


For more information on this condition or Guelph Facial Plastics’ treatment for the condition, book your free consult.

Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients,

All in-office treatments, procedures, and appointments have resumed. At Guelph Facial Plastics we are committed to protecting the safety of our patients, staff, and the general public while maintaining our high standard of quality care. As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have made the following changes to our patient care practices in accordance with all provincial and Public Health recommendations:

  • We will be pre-screening all patients that are scheduled to come into our office. We will ask patients to stay home with symptoms of COVID-19, chronic lung disease, severe asthma, serious heart conditions, and uncontrolled type 1 diabetes.
  • The timing of patient visits has been adjusted in order to limit the number of people in the office at a given time and to allow for enhanced disinfecting and cleaning protocols we have put in place in between patients. We have also enhanced the air filtration quality in our space to provide patients with surgically clean air.
  • You must call from your vehicle upon arrival before entering the clinic. We request that patients come on their own to all appointments unless absolutely necessary. For your safety, all of our staff will be wearing masks when interacting with patients in the office and routine hand-washing is required.
  • We request that you wear a mask. Hand sanitation stations will be available upon entering and throughout the office.
  • We are pleased to continue to offer virtual visits as an option for non-urgent appointments.
  • Cosmetic surgery has not resumed at Guelph General Hospital, however, we are pleased to offer our patients the option of undergoing surgery at a Clinic 360 - a fully-equipped private surgical center.

We look forward to continuing to help our patients look and feel their best! We encourage you to reach out to our office now to schedule your appointment.

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