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Old 08-22-2014, 04:11 AM
antiquegirl12 antiquegirl12 is offline
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Default nevus of ota milpitas

I've been following this forum for a long time, but i'm not a member, so I can't reply. today I decide to join, because I want to find somebody who has nevus of ota , and also live in the same city or somewhere closer(within driving distance) to the city I live in. right now I live in Milpitas, california, united states. I think the chance is slim, but just giving it a try here. I always hope to find a friend with nevus of ota and we can meet, talk and support each other in real life, not just online. and maybe we can do the treatments together and follow each other for treatment and improvement. I feel I really need someone to support me in real life,because I always feel so lonely and depress.

anyway, my name is anita. I'm chinese or should be called taiwanese. I speak mandarin, english is my second language. i'm 24 years old. I have had nevus of ota my whole life until now. I have it on my right face, around the eyes(upper and lower eyelids), in the right eye's sclera and eyeball so it changes my eyeball color to black my left eyeball is brown), also on my forehead, nose bridge, nostril, and around the left eyes as well(but my left eyeball is not affected, and left face is not affected )

I always feel my area is quite big, I hate to have it around the eyes and nostril because it is hard to cover it up, I also have sensitive skin, so I don't really like make-up.(i use covermark) I always hate to see myself in mirror because my half face is all bluish mix with black, especially the eyes, it looks so scary, ugly and horrible.

I have had five treatments a few years ago(not all in US) , but I don't see much improvement in the last two treatments, so I stop, money and pain issue are also among the reasons. even though I had numbing cream and numbing shot, I still felt very painful. some area is a little tolerable, but most area hurts a lot. also, after laser treatment, sometimes it take up to 14 days for healing..

my e-mail is, please contact me if you live in the area . if you don't live in the area, you can still connect with me though. I want to connect with people who has the birthmark and understand my poor english. if you have trouble understanding what I wrote(sorry!), than don't connect with me.

this is my first time leaving e-mail in public, but it is a birthmark forum, so hopefully there would not be any spam or virus sending to my e-mail address.

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Old 08-23-2014, 06:15 AM
AtoZmom85 AtoZmom85 is offline
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I was born with a Nevus of Ota on my right eye in 1954. For over 50 years, none of the family doctors, ophthalmologists or optometrists that I went to knew what it was. I searched on the internet and finally found out what it was and discovered that it is predominantly in Asians. As far as I know, I do not have any Asian ancestors although my father supposedly has Native American ancestors and I've heard that they think Native Americans came across the Bering Strait many years ago and migrated to North and South America and may be ancestors of their people. My right eye looks like I have a shiner or black eye as if someone punched me. The blue area goes all the way around the eye and I also have dark spots on the white of my eye. As I've gotten older, a purplish color appeared on my forehead above that eye and there are dark spots on my head above it in the hair on my head. I've worn corrective glasses for near-sightedness since my teens. I have red hair and brown eyes; the right eye with the Nevus of Ota is such a dark brown, almost black, which makes it hard to see the pupil. It is most noticed when I take off my glasses or when I wear contact lens. I get comments all of the time from people asking me who punched me. I used to tell people that it was a birthmark that I was born with before I found out what it was. Now I tell them what it is. NCIS Los Angeles actress Daniela Ruah has a Nevus of Ota on her right eye, also. Check out this article about it here - and here are some pictures of others with it here -
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Old 08-24-2014, 11:30 AM
electra electra is offline
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Smile My story with nevus of ota

Hello everyone,
I am very happy to have found this site and finally be able to share my personal experience with all of you.I have a nevus of ota myself and I've spent loads of time trying to find out how to cover it up,cause the majority of people don't know what this black and blue mark is.I've had some laser treatments where the mark would fade away for sometime but gradually would reappear.Finally I decided to stop as recovery was using up all of my energy.So,I try to have it covered as well as I can ,which can be tricky as I live in a hot climate and wear big stylish glasses instead.I was wondering for years why this happened to me,which was affecting my self esteem but I have decided to accept it as a part of me.If anything,it has helped me to see people beyond their appearance.
Don't get me wrong there are still days that I wake up and want it gone but it's always with me.And then I think I should not complain,it was just meant to be...
By the way, a very good make is double wear by estee Lauder which is applied easily and has passed the test of being intact under the Greek sun even as we speak...thank you for reading my story..I am glad there is a place where we can all relate and share our own personal stories.
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Old 08-29-2014, 01:39 PM
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Hi all,
I to have this birthmark and wanted to share my experience about treatment. I am 28 years old and my birthmark appeared in my late teen ages. It covered my left forehead, eye and cheek area. There was nothing worse than having people feel sorry for you. A few years a go I decided to have laser. Over a period of 1-1.5 years I underwent painful treatments. Not only painful but they discoloured the skin, taking days to recover. I decided to stop as I felt that it wasn't working. However, life took over and I began to forget about it. It wasn't just life but my birthmark progressively faded. It's not completely gone and my eye lids and bags are still coloured (laser was too evasive for those sensitive areas). However, I no longer wear a side fringe which used to hide my birthmark.

Looking back I am glad I did the treatment. My advice is if you choose to have laser, you need to be committed. A few treatments wasn't enough. I think I had about 12 treatments. Initially the dr said about 8 but after once I reached this stage it wasn't working. He was kind enough to charge my a smaller fee for ongoing treatment. The fading occurred once I stopped going. It is also not for the faint hearted!

I just wanted to post because here to give some hope for those looking at treatment.
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Old 10-05-2014, 07:07 PM
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I am 32 years old and I started to have nevus of ota when I was about 16 years old.It gradually got worse and worse until people would ask me everyday if I got into a fight. It would get very annoying and I would feel bad when attending important events due to people staring or something. When I was 25 years old I went to go get it checked out by a dermatologist and they identified it as Nevus of ota. They sent me to another dermatologist that had a green laser quartz ( I do not know exactly what it was called) to have a sample laser treatment done but the results were not great. They then sent me to a doctor who had a ruby quartz switched laser (for tatoo removal) and I had three laser treatments done which completely removed the darkness from that area without leaving any type of scar. It was a little painful (it kind of feels like someone snapping a rubber band about fifty times per second on your skin kind of pain) but the results were completely worth it. I remember the doctors name was Mitchel P. Goldman in San Diego California. At first I was nervous but nobody has even noticed that I ever had a very dark mark under my eye. Trust me, I thought there was no hope for me prior to that and would have mild depression for a while and now I can say that I can go anywhere without feeling ashamed or uncomfortable.
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Old 12-20-2014, 01:20 PM
brinda brinda is offline
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hey i am an asian and i am 20 now and i have blue gray nevus of ota in cluding my eyes and it is on my right part of face fully...has anyone find out any remedy??
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Old 12-23-2014, 06:20 PM
carissashay91 carissashay91 is offline
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Smile Nevus of Ota ? ohhh thats what it is

My name is Carissa im 23 and I was born with Nevus of Ota under my left eye I am african american and indian thats what i was told lol. I got teased when I was growing up and when I walk in stores people ask what happened did I get in a fight its really embarrassing.I wear makeup to cover it up sometimes I dont wanna wear makeup but I do becaus people will stare.I glad im not the only one with it I feel better reading everyone else post.I never had an issue getting a boyfriend maybe because its always covered lol but my boyfriend saw it but I hide my face when i idont wear makeup because im still not comfortable with it still and I was born with it lol :-)
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by W.Lee Hodge View Post
Have you tried the tattoo? I've been considering that myself and am wondering if it made any improvements if you did. Would appreciate any information. Thanks
It's been a few years since I've been back to this forum. I did go to a tattoo place back then and they basically told me it wouldn't work and I should embrace my uniqueness. I think everyone here knows that's a lot easier said than done when you always look like someone's beaten you up! I refuse to give up my search on how to make this easier on myself without having to go through 10 more $300 laser sessions.

I did however, come across this website the other day.

This lady has a pretty remarkable story regarding her face being burned at such a young age and how she was able to find a way to cover using a camouflage tattoo procedure (which is exactly what I've been trying to research). They emailed me back right away after I asked if this would work for our blue nevus mark, and she said yes but it would take 4-8 sessions. Unfortunately, they're only in Chicago and Toronto. Not sure on the pricing. I'm hoping more places like this open up in Michigan soon!

Sometimes I wish I could just tattoo a lighter color over it if that would even work. I'm still planning on going to a few other tattoo artists just to find out different perspectives. Anything to make it look less like a bruise and easier to cover up since blue is literally the HARDEST to cover with makeup. Especially since I don't think I'll ever be completely rid of this unless I had about 5 grand to spare, which is doubtful on my salary. And when you have a super oily face like I do, heavy caked on makeup is pretty much useless after about 4 hours! It sure would be nice to use regular cheap cover girl makeup and not have to spend $50+ on specialty makeup that doesn't even last!

I go in phases in my life where I feel like I can just live with it, and then there's times where I have to find a fix because my depression and anxiety gets the best of me. I guess I'm one of my "fix this" phases right now.

Happy New Year to everyone. I hope everyone is feeling good about themselves today! It's a daily struggle for us but together we can help lift each other up and not feel so alone! I love this forum!
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:10 AM
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I'm 21 and I have the same birthmark,but mines looks a little greenish and black. It looks just like a bruise. Mine seems to have grew a little over the years, it's on my right cheek,eye,and eye lid, I really hate it with a passion and wish it was gone! It makes me feel embarrassed, and ashamed to even look in the mirror.

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Old 03-14-2015, 01:00 AM
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Smile Thanks for Sharing

African American Female
Nevus of Ota at birth

This forum is awesome!! I learned so much and I can relate to each and every one of you. Thought maybe I can add my two cents and help anyone who is thinking about treatment.

My Nevus of Ota is positioned on the left side of my face, covering my temple and cheek almost in its entirety and just circling my eye. It has not grown in size, moved, or changed at all in color. I do wear makeup (my own personal Amex card - I never leave home without it). Makeup is a challenge on so many levels but it's worth it to avoid the stares and comments. I have used many brands over the years but at this time I use Cover Fx, Mac Studio Fix to set it and a bronzer to give it a nice finish.

I have just had my first treatment with the Q Switched Nd:YAG Laser with no bruising, blistering or crusting. If you are thinking of any type of laser treatment, here are some suggestions that might help your experience:

-Start taking Black Cumin Seed Oil as soon as you start thinking about the surgery. This does wonders for inflammation in the body. A teaspoon a day.
-Start slathering Vitamin K all over the Ota area at least 2 weeks before the surgery. This helps prevent bruising and blistering. Continue afterward.
-Start taking Arnica 30C the day before the surgery and continue afterward. This helps with pain and bruising.
-Have pineapple juice on hand for after the laser treatment. The bromelain in the juice aids in healing by relieving inflammation and swelling. You can also eat fresh pineapple for this too but I find the juice easier. I drink a glass a day.
-Have on hand a tube of Aquafor to keep on the area after surgery and an ice pack for swelling. Ice helps tremendously for any pain and swelling.

Before the procedure, they numbed the area with a local anesthetic. As everyone said, it does feel like a rubberband popping your face but the procedure lasts all of 5 minutes! It's super quick. There is a burning smell that's a little offputting but the worst is over by then. They should give you an ice pack to put on your face to cool the slight burning feeling which works immediately.

I had the treatment on a Tuesday and was wearing makeup by Friday, applying very gently. The treated area will feel like someone punched you in the face, or like a sinus infection, but each day the soreness will subside.
My doctor said I will probably need about 10 treatments to see any improvement. He said he feels optimistic but I will have to be patient to see the results. The unfortunate thing is the cost - in NYC, it's $700 per treatment. I guess I paid more for makeup so I'm going to give this a try and hope and pray for the best. I just hope I don't end up living in a Starbucks

I'll keep you posted with the results. Best of luck to all of you and thanks for sharing. Hope this helps.
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