Poikiloderma of Civatte


Poikiloderma of Civatte is a skin condition characterized by discolored and patchy skin on the sides of the neck and face. The exact cause of the condition is not well understood, but several factors have been identified as potential causes, including:

1. Sun exposure: Excessive or prolonged exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays is considered the primary cause of Poikiloderma of Civatte. The condition is more common in individuals with fair skin who live in areas with high levels of UV radiation.

2. Hormonal changes: Hormonal changes associated with aging, menopause, and pregnancy are also thought to play a role in the development of Poikiloderma of Civatte.

3. Genetic predisposition: Some individuals may have a genetic predisposition to the condition, which makes them more susceptible to developing Poikiloderma of Civatte.

4. Environmental factors: Exposure to certain chemicals, such as laundry detergents and fragrances, may also trigger the condition in some individuals.

5. Other medical conditions: Some medical conditions, such as thyroid disease and lupus, have also been associated with the development of Poikiloderma of Civatte in some individuals.


We use a Fotona laser system to target and remove damaged skin cells.

The laser emits a beam of light energy that is absorbed by the pigment in the skin, causing it to break down and be eliminated from the body.

The laser device used for Poikiloderma of Civatte treatments is typically a non-ablative laser, which means it does not remove the top layer of skin. Instead, it penetrates deeper into the skin to stimulate collagen production and promote skin rejuvenation.

During the procedure, the laser is positioned over the affected area and the light energy is delivered in quick pulses. Patients may feel a mild stinging or tingling sensation during the treatment, but numbing cream can be applied beforehand to minimize discomfort.


Laser treatment for Poikiloderma of Civatte can cause some discomfort during the procedure, but it is generally well-tolerated.

Some patients may also experience a mild warming or tingling sensation during the treatment.

After the procedure, patients may experience some redness, swelling, and tenderness in the treated area, but this typically resolves within a few days. It is best to discuss any concerns about pain or discomfort with a dermatologist or laser treatment specialist before undergoing any procedure.


The number of laser treatment sessions needed to treat Poikiloderma of Civatte may vary depending on the severity of the condition and the individual’s skin type. Typically, multiple sessions are required to achieve desired results, with some patients requiring as few as 2-3 sessions while others may require up to 6 or more sessions. It is best to consult with a dermatologist or cosmetic dermatology specialist to determine the best treatment plan for your specific case.

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