Article medically reviewed by Dr. Gavin Chan (MBBS, cosmetic physician, liposuctionist)
Templestowe Lower and Berwick Clinics
Dr. Gavin Chan has a background in intensive care, anaesthesia, and emergency medicine. Since 2004, Dr. Chan has provided cosmetic procedures, including anti-wrinkle injections, dermal fillers, liposuction, fat transfer, skin needling, and laser treatments. He is a doctor trainer for various dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections.
I’m 21 years old and on the pill (I read that this may affect pigmentation). A year ago a small dark splotch appeared on my lower lip and hasn’t disappeared, I’m a little self conscious.
What are my options? What are the potential costs?
From your description, this sounds like melasma. This is a pigmentation problem that is stimulated by oestrogens (internal oestrogens, and external oestrogens like the pill), and UV radiation. For more information on this condition, please click here;