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J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2010 Jun;63(6):988-91. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2009.03.013. Epub 2009 May 28.

Micropigmentation: tattooing for the treatment of lip vitiligo.

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Post Graduate Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Chhatrapati Sahuji Maharaj Medical University (Formerly King George Medical University), Lucknow 226 003, Uttar Pradesh, India. singhkarun@hotmail.com

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Vitiligo of the lips is a common concern of great psychological consequence. Medical therapies are often ineffective mainly due to the absence of hair follicles. Tattooing implants pigment into the skin. For treatment of vitiligo, tattooing works best in the lip area, particularly in a dark skin.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:

To assess the effectiveness of medical tattooing for lip vitiligo.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:

Fifteen patients with localised stable lip vitiligo patients (10 women and 5 men; age range: 30-55 years; mean age: 42 years) from the outpatient department were included in the study. The period of follow-up was from 2 to 3 years. The procedure was performed under local anaesthesia on an outpatient basis, unless carried out in conjunction with other procedures. An electric tattooing machine with cluster needles was used.

RESULT:

Cosmetically acceptable results were seen in all patients. In dark-complexioned patients, pigmentation was better as compared to fair subjects. No allergic reactions to the pigment or koebnerisation of the vitiligo were noted.

CONCLUSION:

Tattooing is relatively easy, safe and effective option for lip vitiligo. It is cosmetically more acceptable; sensations are well maintained and are generally devoid of any significant adverse effects.

PMID:
19481511
DOI:
10.1016/j.bjps.2009.03.013
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