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What is Nevus of Ota?

Nevus of Ota, also known as congenital melanosis bulbi or oculodermal melaocytosis, is a skin condition affecting the upper third of the dermis. Five times more common in women than men, Nevus of Ota results in a benign blue or gray patch, or hyperpigmentation on the face, and may or may not involve a coloring of the eye. The skin condition can be congenital or acquired, and occurs when an increased number of melanocytes, or cells responsible for the skin’s pigmentation, are present in the upper layers of skin’s dermis.

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Treatments for Nevus of Ota

Dr. Paul Friedman utilizes the latest laser procedures to treat Nevus of Ota. As with all consultations, when a patient is considering treatment for Nevus of Ota with Q-switched lasers, our dermatologists will look at your skin and discuss the desired results with you. At the Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center the Q-Switched Alexandrite is an ideal treatment method for Nevus of Ota, as well as birthmarks and tattoo removal. In some cases, the Fraxel re:store laser may also be used for further improvement of the Nevus of Ota.

During the procedure, an anesthetic cream is used to minimize discomfort as the area is treated with the laser(s). Patients may experience some redness, swelling, or crusting of the area, which should be resolved within a few days from the procedure. The laser is designed to treat skin with a darker pigmentation, while leaving lighter tissues unaffected. Following the treatment sessions, the darker pigment in the treatment areas will fade, with significant improvement shown after each session.

Our Patients’ Results

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*Individual Results May Vary