Reason of discolor
- Female Hormones (estrogen, progesterone, androgen)
In general, before puberty, the nipples, areolas and genital area show a pinkish color. However, as a secondary sexual characteristic, the color gradually darkens under the influence of female hormones (estrogen, progesterone, androgen).
- Pregnancy and childbirth
During pregnancy and childbirth, melanin-stimulating hormone (MSH) cause a black discoloration.
- External irritation
After frequent external stimuli cause inflammation, PIH occurs. It is mainly caused by irritation of the genitals from the sanitary pads.
People who want whitening treatment
The skin of the nipples, areolas and genital area is softer than the skin of the face and is easy to discolor. In addition, people have light or dark skin color even in the same race, nipples, areolas and genital area are also different from each person’s birth color.
Darkening of skin does not mean that there is no health problem, but women with dark colors in secret areas are misunderstood because of the false knowledge that they are sexually promiscuous. Some people suffer from stress of it, and it may lead to a decrease in self-confidence. As a result, many women get whitening treatment on nipples, areolas and genital area. Also, the treatment is considered when worrying about being daunted by a partner or when starting a new date.
Dr. Yoonjung Lee, president of YmiZ woman clinic, said “The color of the nipples, areolas and genital area in women is less dark if they have never had sexual or childbirth experience. That is why women in their 20s and 40s who have started dateing new people o are about to get married get whitening treatment.”
As if a white face in not unconditionally beautiful, the purpose is not to simply whiten the area. It is to create a color that you can find confidence in yourself without overdoing it so that the function of each part does not weaken.
Laser treatment for whitening
- Type of laser: CO2 fractional laser
Although it depends on the degree of discolor and skin condition, mostly, laser device is used for nipples, areolas and genital area whitening treatment. The skin tone of the nipples, areolas and genital area can be quickly whitened by using the CO2 fractional laser that uses the principle that the skin is regenerated as the scab falls off after inflicting a would.
- Number of treatments
• Nipples and areolas: 2 to 3 times
• Genital area: 3 to 4 times
- Duration of procedure: around 15 minutes.
The number and interval of the treatment must be adjusted according to the degree and extent of coloration of the treated area, the degree of skin damage, etc. Thus, the treatment should be performed by an experienced and delicate doctor who can treat in consideration of the characteristics of each area.
Dr. Lee emphasized, “Since the nipple, areolas and genital area in woman are sensitive areas. If you want to whiten those area, it is best to improve it healthily through individual treatment after consulting with a doctor.”