Laser Tattoo Removal And Hypopigmentation

Post laser treatment hypopigmentation can happen when a patient’s skin’s inflammatory response impedes production of melanin.  The result is lighter skin in the affected area.  One example of severe hypopigmentation is vitiligo, an autoimmune disorder that leaves the skin notably bleached.  Hypopigmentation can be frustrating to treat even for a skilled dermatologist.  I’ve recently read studies on the subject and found a promising treatment that doesn’t require a prescription:  Nigella Sativa commonly referred to as Black Seed Oil.  The oil is used for cooking throughout the Middle East and costs roughly the same as Olive Oil. It’s been used as a homeopathic remedy for hundreds of years and studies continue on its ability to heal a variety of ailments.

Black Seed Oil contains the phytochemical Thymoquinone. Phytochemicals help plants thrive or thwart competitors, predators, or pathogens.  Applied topically daily, Black Seed Oil was shown to significantly reduce severe hypopigmentation in vitiligo over a six month period.  When applying, use a dermal roller, like the one pictured above, to increase absorbtion.

Black Seed Studies:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25068060

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21492177

 

As a Registered Nurse, I am not qualified to prescribe medication so if you’ve been left hypopigmented from laser tattoo removal, please see a board certified dermatologist.  They might prescribe bimatoprost (Latisse) topical.  Meanwhile, homeopathic treatment with Black Seed oil daily may help alleviate the severity of your laser-induced hypopigmentation.

I remove tattoos every day with the revolutionary PicoSure workstation. Its effectiveness means fewer treatments, which decreases the possible severity of certain side effects, including hypopigmentation.  If you’ve got a tattoo you would like safely & effectively removed with PicoSure I can be reached in Austin, TX @ my new location:  Austin Medspa 512-479-9997.

brendan.leigh@austinpicosure.com

2 thoughts on “Laser Tattoo Removal And Hypopigmentation

  1. Hello Brendan,

    I had some moles treated with laser and was told the hypopigmentation spot surrounding the mole and soon after, inplace of the mole was temporary and could be permanent. The technician said this happens from time to time when the mole is between spot sizes for the laser. I’m reading your article on Black seed oil and was wondering if in your experience this actually helped stimulate the color to come back. I read the PubMed links and it doesn’t seem to be durastic results. What have you found using N.Sativa?

    In addition I inquired about a Latisse prescription to dab on the spots but my family doctor was told repigmenting skin was an, off label usage and he would not prescribe Latisse for that reason.
    Can you tell me the terms to use to get the prescription. Thank you for your time.
    Chantal
    ” I am not qualified to prescribe medication so if you’ve been left hypopigmented from laser tattoo removal, please see a board certified dermatologist. They might prescribe bimatoprost (Latisse) topical. Meanwhile, homeopathic treatment with Black Seed oil daily may help alleviate the severity of your laser-induced hypopigmentation.”-You

    1. Hi Chantal, Thanks for your comment and for reading my blog. Ask any med spa Nurse Practitioner or doctor to write a Latisse prescription for your eyelashes, which is what it was designed for; to darken and lengthen eyelashes. It’s not expensive and there are always coupons for it at http://www.goodrx.com. Good luck and thanks again. Brendan

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