Jump to content
Acne.org
Search In
Find results that contain...
Find results in...
Sam

HYPOPIGMENTATION

Recommended Posts

I was told by Dr Chu that no laser would get rid of hypopigmentation and you should just cover it up with makeup.

You read about how these lasers can get rid of hypopigmentation and they cost thousands for a single treatment,leave them alone he said no laser would get rid off it.

I asked him about relume laser which is suppose to correct hypopigmentation but he said he had never heard of it.

He said there is nothing that can get rid of it.

Dr Chu is a lovely Dr and i don't want to comment on what he does or doesn't know but i do hope he is wrong because i have hypopigmentation which i want to get rid of so i hope there is something that can get rid of it.

Does anyone know if there is anything that can get rid of hypopigmentation,if so please could you PM me.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I'd say Dr. Chu is a nice man, but he sure as hell doesn't know anything about hyperpigmentation.

My derm says it helps, and I've seen pictures of it being reduced post-laser surgery. Aside from lasers treating it. Peels help imensely as well and so do individual products that can contain, hydroquinone, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, kojic acid. Even Apple Cider Vinneger helps with red marks. Check the red mark board.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Sam,

Dr. Chu is correct when stating that hypopigmentation can't be reversed.

Hypopigmentation means a deficiency in pigment. Hypopigmentation falls into several categories:

- albinism

- disease-related hypopigmentation

- injury-related hypopigmentation (such as scars, burns, etc)

- vitiligo

- drug- and chemical-related hypopigmentation

Usually, injury-related Hypopigmentation destroys melancocytes, and in this cases, depigmentation is permanent.

On the other hand, hyperpigmentation is treatable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Actually, from what I've heard needling can help with hypopigmentation by piercing through the white scar tissue and allowing the melanocytes back into the area so that the skin can repigment itself. Karin has been very helpful in explaining this to me, as I've got dozens of hypopigmented scars on my back that I hate and want to do something about. She said that it usually only takes one treatment, and that once you have the melanocytes going back into the tissue, it's permanent.

Definitely something I'm looking into-- if I get it done, I'll be sure to let everyone know how it goes.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Permanent makeup can help with hypopigmentation. This involves injecting pigment into the whitened areas to normalise the skin tone. My scar specialist, Julie Arnold practices this at Bio2 Clinic in Leamington. I asked her about it and she said that sometimes this procedure actually helps stimulate natural repigmentation of the whitened area, as well, probably in the manner that Luna Hoshino mentioned.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Trust me, there is no laser or other type of treatment that corrects HYPO-pigmentation. Only makeup works.

If just some areas are hypopigmentated, you can treat the other areas to try to get them to match in color better.

Sorry.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Relume, the laser for hypopigmentation does NOT work !! I've had several clients who have tried it and it didn't help at all. If the hypopigmentation was caused by Erium or CO2 Laser and there is a distinct line of demarcation, it can be "feathered" with an Erbium laser to blend it ( make it less noticeable ) but nothing aside from permanent cosmetics will restore the pigment. If you go to an experienced Perm Cosmetic pratititioner who is VERY experienced in color matching, the results will be quite good. When it is first done the color will be deeper than your normal skin tone but when healed should match well, remember that if you are in the sun and tan....your natural skin will darken but the treated area will stay the same color.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I plan on getting just a few test spots needled before I jump into it and get all of the ones on my back done-- if it works, great. If not, I may look into permanent cosmetics.

Karin told me that in order to repigment the areas, you need 10 minutes of UV exposure two weeks after the needling (via tanning bed) in order to help stimulate the repigmentation. She said she's had great success with this method so far and usually doesn't even need to inject pigment into the site. But don't take my word for it-- ask her if you have any questions. She's really friendly and willing to take the time to explain things. smile.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RichardSkin, thanks for exposing that. A quick googling found this btw http://www.advancedcosmeticdermatology.com/Relume.ivnu

Stretch marks usually require 6-8 treatments and scars up to 15-20 treament. Besides missing an S in treatment, what else is wrong with that sentence? (Hint: the pertinent sections are numerical.)

Mad scientist section: Could someone not buy a small sunlamp and fashion a sort of focuser made of a common funnel lined with aluminum foil that ends in a small round opening the size of the scar, and just try this ridiculously expensive (assumption) treatment on themselves? Of course, you would want to make some vent holes to prevent too much heat from building up inside the foil-funnel and burning your skin/causing a fire.

If anyone is crazy enough to market this idea I expect to get paid.

Tax, title, and batteries not included.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For those of you that do have hypopigmenated scars (ie, white) are they a different texture to your normal skin? as i have 4 very prominent hypopigmented scars and they seem to be a different texture, like harder, or dryer than the surrounding skin, they are also appear shiner than my normal skin. Is everyone else the same? These scars are only a 11 months old, so i'm hoping they might change a little over time so that they don't remain as prominent, perhaps they might shrink a bit or something...... i dunno.

Any comment would be much appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have several hypopigmented scars and they are not a different texture, not harder and dryer than the surrounding skin. Just my situation.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have lots of hypopigmented scars, particularly on my body, that are a different texture to the surrounding skin and more shiny, due to the fact that they are large areas of actual scar tissue. These scars are around a year old, but similar scars from several years ago have returned to normal skin tone and are no longer shiny. However, I do think my healing abilities have been affected by accutane so if these recent hypopigmented scars don't resolve themselves naturally I will probably look into getting medical re-pigmentation in those areas to normalise the skin tone.

(Alana - Julie Arnold at Bio2 does this procedure if you are interested. I haven't heard from anyone that has had it done though)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I dont know if i fancy getting that done Rossignol, as even though you get the hypopigmented scars tatoo'd to try and match the normal surrounding skin, your still not going to get an EXACT match, therefore the scarring will still be noticeable. i think i'll probably just have to accept it, and try and get over it. sad.gif

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
We have had sucess for hypopigmented tissue with needling.By needling the areas and then getting some uv exposure after two weeks, it allows the melanoyctes to tavel back into the area to repigment the skin. If nothing else it could be pigmented with color, but that would be something as a last resort. I am suprised your doctor said that nothing could be done for you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

some docs are funny

i was visiting a plastic surgeon for scars, and he only knew of dermabrasion, and said anything esle will not work

i went to a another plastic surgeon and he didn't know of dermabrasion, instead he knew of laser treatments, mainly the one he has

i think they just have too much fun on the weekends to remember anything important

all will just do whatever you want if the price is right

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
We have had sucess for hypopigmented tissue with needling.By needling the areas and then getting some uv exposure after two weeks, it allows the melanoyctes to tavel back into the area to repigment the skin. If nothing else it could be pigmented with color, but that would be something as a last resort. I am suprised your doctor said that nothing could be done for you.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.


  • Personalized Advice Quiz - All of Acne.org in just a few minutes


×