Nevus of Ota in Washington, DC
Nevus of Ota, or blue-black facial birthmarks, are caused by an abnormal collection of melanocytes (pigment producing cells) in the upper dermis of the skin. This collection of pigment producing cells essentially creates a natural tattoo causing a blue, green, or black appearance to the overlying skin Nevus of Ota birthmarks are commonly found on the face and are more common in women than men.
Treatment allowing for lightening of nevus of ota birthmarks is certain patients has been made possible through advances in laser technology. Nevus of Ota birthmarks can be treated using Picosecond Nd:YAG, Q-Switched Ruby, or Q-Switched Neodymium-YAG Lasers. These lasers specifically target the pigment within the birthmark. Treatment of nevus of ota birthmarks is a long process, with treatments spaced 3-6 months apart and total treatment typically occurring over a multi-year timespace. Treatment of lesions on darker skin tones adds additional complexity to the process, as prolonged hyperpigmentation (darkening) or permanent hypopigmentation (whitening) of the treated area is possible and often unavoidable if one wishes to proceed with treatment on darker skin tones.
Treatment of Nevus of Ota birthmarks is considered cosmetic and is not covered by insurance. Treatment costs typically range from $500-$1500 per treatment and multiple treatments are almost always required. There is a risk of early or late recurrence of the lesion after treatment, which is another thing to consider prior to pursuing treatment.
For more information on laser Nevus of Ota treatment at our Washington, DC office please call our office at 202-966-8814 to schedule a consultation.