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Old 04-10-2015, 09:56 AM
Fakhitaz Fakhitaz is offline
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Talking wow!!!!

I just can't believe I've never tried to google that birthmark thing; i'm just so amaaaazed by you guys; I even never thought there is other people like me around the world; thats reaaly nice to know;btw I'm 20; I'm from morocco; and its really the first time I google my birthmark and know that it have a name lol; and I found this awesome forum with all of u beautiful people; and I wanted to write to you and share my toughts and emothions my mark is a bit green it's really looks like someone hit me on the face on my right half forhead and all around my right eye and inside it and also all over my right side back (occur); its basically all over my right side; and I have never sow a doctor or something; I feel like my mark disapears by it self with the time; sometimes I feel like I haate my self and my face especially; other times i'm just ok with my self and don't care what people think and say.. I don't do any type of covering make-up; I think i'm just ok with that; I guess I'm lucky to have people around me who really love me the way I am and not ashamed to be seen with me or something.. I guess thats all what we need..
I hope the best to every one of you, I reaaally do..

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Old 04-20-2015, 09:53 PM
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Hello there everybody,
I'm researching this condition after my beautiful niece was born with it. She has nearly half her face covered including her left eye. I am wondering if anyone has tried marijuana/cannabis to treat this? Ingesting cannabis oil or applying it with a carrier oil to the general area? If you live in California and this is something you have tried or would like to try please contact me. I'm just hoping to find some answers. Thank you. Californiakingkennels@gmail.com
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Old 04-30-2015, 07:22 PM
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Hello,

I am a 33 year old female born with nevus of Ota of the left side of my face and also goes into my left eye (my left eye is blue). I have some people ask me if i was in an acident or if i can see out of my left eye. Then there are other people that are fascinated by it. For years ive been wanting to have it removed but heard of people that can develop bad scars from the laser. Any suggestions??
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:55 AM
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My daughter was born with a blue nevus of ota birthmark covering her left temple and cheek area. She had 4 laser treatments using a Q-switched NdYAG laser at the Beckman laser institute at UC Irvine in California and it has lightened significantly. It is barely noticeable now. The important thing is to stay out of the sun (or use good sunscreen) before and after treatments.
Dear, could you share me when your daughter started this treatment??
My daughter was born with this kind of birthmark on her left temple and cheer area, and we took the treatment when her was 3.5 years, till now had 3 times treatment, but we do not think it is much workable, just a little light
my e-mail: polly0203@163.com
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Old 05-21-2015, 01:57 AM
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Thinguyen - did u have it when you were born?
I just had a baby and she looks like she has nevus of ota
I have a daughter have the OTA nurves, and has 3 time treatment, doctor said we need to do the treatment as earlier as we can, it will be recover well as the baby young
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Old 05-21-2015, 02:20 AM
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Hi everyone.
I was also born with a birthmark around my left eye covering half my face. I was always very insecure and lacked alot of confidence in myself. As a teen i really hated it and had never seen or met anyone with the same thing. I thought i was the only one as well. My birthmark was a dark purple, blue and slight green. I use to walk down the street and always get asked "who hit you" or what happened? This at times was annoying to explain. Sometimes id reply by telling them it was a birthmark and other times id snap and say its none of your god damn business. I use to cry about it all the time and my dad always says he wished he"d had it instead of me. Ive been seeing my dermatologist for 11 yrs now and have continuously had the qswitched laser treatment. The eye lid is especially sensitive, and around the eye is painful and does swell up. I have noticed so much improvement over the years. My birthmark use to be extremely dark and now i can barely notice it. If you looked really close up its still a little bit there, mainly on the eyelid and below the left eye. But am treating those areas slowly as it hurts alot. It is extremely costly as this is not just one treatment but numerous over the years but i think it is all worth it. Ive gained so much confidence back now and no longer get asked what happened to my eye! I really suggest and recommend the laser treatment to anyone. This has changes my life forever. I always protect my skin with sunscreen and try and wear a hat. Id like to meet people on here with the same thing to share advice and experiences. My email is thi_nguyen85@hotmail.com.
Hope to hear from you guys
Regards
Tee x
Hi, thanks so much for your sharing your experience, and could you please let me know when you started this Q-switch laser treatment?
my 4 years old daoughter have the same kind of birthmark, and till now have 3 times treatment, but we are told by the doctor that we do it too later, so the result is not so good, we are wondering how long we need to follow this treatment, and except this kind of laser treatment, is there any other treatment workable for this birthmark??
Sorry, I am from China, my English is poor, hope you all can understand me. Thanks!
My e-mail is polly0203@163.com, welcome you to connect with me about this issue if you want.....
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:33 AM
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Hello, everyone. I am a 62 year-old female with a Nevus of Ota under my right eye. It looks exactly like a black eye. It is greenish blue in color and it extends to my check where it begins to look like blue freckles. I have been teased, asked some probing and absurd questions, and I've even been told that my mascara was running! That's funny now, but when I was younger that was very painful and annoying. My ex-husband was even accused of trying to cover up his spousal abuse by his Army Commanding Officer. One day I thought I could quickly drop-off some lunch to my husband through the back door of his office without anyone seeing me without make-up. Instead, I bumped right into his CO who looked directly into my face as he was leaving for lunch. When the CO returned, he called my husband into his office and asked him if he was having any marital problems. The CO told my husband that he couldn't help but notice that I had a black eye when he saw me earlier. My husband began to laugh, and his CO immediately barked, "I'll slap you with an Article 15 right now! I will NOT tolerate any of my soldiers abusing their wives!" After my husband explained my birthmark, the CO insisted that I come to his office, that afternoon, so he could see for himself that my Nevus of Ota was not actually a black eye! There are so many more stories I could tell! This birthmark has actually provided me with a life full of laughs!

My father was bi-racial: black mother, white father. My mother was black; however, her maternal grandfather and great-grandfather were bi-racial: black mothers, white fathers; and, her paternal great-grandfather was a native African. I am not aware of any Asian ancestry, although I've been told the Nevus of Ota is also prevalent among Africans and African-Americans. I don't know of any other person in my family with a birthmark like this. I have no idea if the Nevus Of Ota is hereditary. I do know that color-blindness is, and it is very prevalent in my family. My father was color-blind and my oldest son is, too. Three of my sisters have sons who are color-blind. But none has a Nevus of Ota. (I mention this only because I see here that the Nevus of Ota may have had some effect on the color of some of your eyes and I wondered if the color-blindness gene could have also.) I was terribly afraid that one of my children, or even one of my grandchildren, would have this type of birthmark. Fortunately, none of them does.

My Nevus of Ota was not visible at birth. As a matter of fact, it did not become visible until I was about 10 or 11 years old, and then only slightly. However, by high school it had become quite dark. I began trying to cover it with make-up in my junior year of high school. By 20, I was using a mixture of powder and liquid make-up layers to cover it, but that did not do a very good job. In my late 20's, I stumbled across an article in Glamour magazine about birthmarks and how to cover them. That is when I discovered Lydia O'Leary products. It was heavy, difficult to work with, make-up for birthmarks and other skin discolorations. But for the time, it was a godsend. However, I had to mix-n-match from a small selection of colors, and once it was applied, it did not look very natural. A few years later I discovered Dermablend, which I have been using for approximately 30 years. Dermablend has a very nice selection of colors to match every skin tone, and it offers different types of accompanying products. It has excellent coverage and is very easy to work with and apply. Most people do not even know that I have a birthmark, unless they have seen me on that rare occasion when I have been out and about without make-up. After nearly 50 years of covering my Nevus of Ota, I have become an expert make-up artist. But, I HATE wearing make-up! I, too, wish I could just get up in the mornings and shower, dress, and go. Unfortunately, it takes about 15 minutes (or more) of every morning to apply my make-up. What a ball and chain! But, I have learned to accept what I cannot change. I have also had the option to go without make-up, and I made the decision not to.

For you young ladies, I want to encourage you with the knowledge that my Nevus of Ota has NEVER been an obstacle to attracting men. And not one of them was ever repulsed by my Nevus of Ota when I became comfortable enough to let them see it. So, do NOT be self-conscious about your birthmark. You are beautiful in the eyes of those who love you! Accept that truth and accept yourself! I have chosen to cover my Nevus of Ota, some other women don't. Just remember that whatever your decision, you must love and accept yourself, and know that beauty really is only skin deep. If you are spotless on the outside but corrupt inside, your beauty does you no justice. Be proud of how God made you, and be the best person you can be from the inside out!

I tried laser treatment about 30 years ago. It did not work. Although lasers have improved drastically, I have chosen not to pursue them. It just is not worth it to me now. I have had a wonderfully blessed life, even with my Nevus of Ota. I eventually realized that my birthmark had no real negative impact on my life! I learned how to use make-up (although I truly do hate the make-up process) to look "normal," and I realized that lasers probably would only add another dimension of frustration to my life that I did not need.

I have only wanted to share my story with you so you would know that life is good, even with a Nevus of Ota, and that "looks" are just vanity. What you will eventually realize is that love, family, and friends are all that really matter. Spend your time and money on those things and don't worry so much about how you look. We'll all get old and ugly one day! LOL!!
Dear, Thanks so much for your story, I like you so much. I have a 4 years old daughter who had this birthmark on her left temple, I feel much better for your kind post. Thanks!!!
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