Dear top contributors,
I am a south Asian female 35 yo, with a history of vitiligo on my chest and underarm. I have undergone electrolysis for many months hoping this would be the safest hair removal method without stimulating more vitiligo spots, predominantly treating chin/ upper lip hairs which left typical pinpoint scabs and otherwise overall has gone fine until now...
2-3 weeks ago had electrolysis of hairs on the skin overlying my nostrils. Over the past week, I noticed a single 2-3 mm hyper pigmentation spot overlying my right nostril which based on reading your posts should hopefully resolve. However I have few questions for which I am seeking advice:
1. I feel a tiny painful "indentation" underlying the PIH spot on my right nostril cartilage. Is it possible that the electrolysis damaged blood supply or resulted in permanent damage to the cartilage ? Have you ever encountered this? I fear skin or cartilage necrosis because this was never noticed pre-treatment and my opposite nostril does not demonstrate this.
2. What can I do to try to treat /care for this problem? What setting changes can you advise my electrologists if this area is to be treated again to treat remaining hairs? Or should I not risk it? My electrologists is pretty good, uses the apilus, and I believe predominantly blend / upper lip settings ..
3. Do you have patients with vitiligo undergoing electrolysis ? Is it safe for them? Have you ever witnessed permanent hypo pigmentation /vitiligo type effects in this group of patients?
Thank you in advance for your consideration,