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Ezine 166 November 2016


What is hyper or hypo pigmentation?

There is one major difference between hyper and hypo pigmentation. Hyper pigmentation is caused by the increase of melanin and hypo is caused by the decrease of melanin in the skin. Melanin is the substance in the body that is responsible for color.

Some causes of hyperpigmentation of the skin are pregnancy, Addison’s disease, various drugs and excessive sun exposure. Hyperpigmentation appears as patches of dark spots, and a commonly known example is Melasma. Melasma occurs most commonly in pregnant women. Some causes of hypopigmentation of the skin are albinism, pigmentation loss and autoimmune disorders such as vitiligo. Albinism is a rare inherited disorder caused by the absence of enzyme that produce melanin, causing lack of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and eyes. Pigmentation loss can also be caused from blisters, injuries such as burns, and infection. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder in which cells are damaged causing white patches on the skin. There are several treatment options.

Anti-Aging Tip

Benefits of Water!

“Water contributes much towards health” – Hippocrates Water is one of the best kept secrets of the health and beauty industries. Water is essential for maintaining skin moisture. Loss of hydration in the skin shows up in all sorts of ways – dryness, tightness and flakiness being just a few. Dry skin has less resilience and is more prone to wrinkling. Anti-aging is also about what we can’t see. Water keeps our cells and vital organs healthy by flushing out toxins, carrying nutrients to our cells and keeping our blood thinner, which is important for heart health and reduction of headaches like migraines. Drinking water can also reduce the risk of obesity. Regular consumption of water will decrease hunger pangs, making overeating less likely. Additionally, a properly hydrated body is less prone to storing excess fat. To sum it up, drinking water is one of the best things we can do for ourselves, both inside and out!

Plastic Surgery Tip

Benefits of Stretch Mark Removal Surgery

Stretch marks are a form of a scar on the skin. They are a tear in the dermis or 2nd layer of the skin. They are also known as Striae, a general term meaning thin, narrow, or channels. They may appear on different parts of the body as a red or blueish color. A stretch mark is caused by the tearing of the dermis from rapid changes in weight or size. Thus, they can be caused by rapid growth during teens, obesity or pregnancy. Over time, they could diminish from a red or active state but never really go away. When mature they are white. There have been many attempts at removing and treating stretch marks such as laser treatments, microdermabrasion or topical creams. These approaches have been somewhat effective as they help diminish but won't remove stretch marks completely. So, unfortunately there is no exact “cure” or treatment except for cutting them out which requires surgery.

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Sam Speron, MD, FACS

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon


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