Hong Kong Dermatology & Venereology Bulletin

Volume 9 Number 2, June 2001
Abstract

Review on Acquired Bilateral Nevus of Ota-Like Macules

Dr. Y. M. Lam
Private Practice, Hong Kong

Acquired bilateral nevus of Ota-like macules is a common pigmentary condition affecting Oriental women in particular. It is often mistaken as freckles, lentigines or melasma by both the laypersons as well as by medical doctors. However, it has distinct clinical features as well as typical histological findings that should distinguish it easily from other facial pigmentary problems. Previous treatment modalities including depigmentary agents, cryotherapy, and chemical peeling has been unsatisfactory. Recent studies reported satisfactory response to dermabrasion and various Q-switched pigment lasers, and long term follow up do not show recurrence of the lesions.

Keywords : Acquired bilateral nevus of Ota-like macules, laser treatment, Q-switched laser



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