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Session Information

SYM S047 - Disorders of Pigmentation

Open admission to eligible categories, no tuition or ticket


Date: Monday, March 24

CME Credits: 3.00

Location: Room 107/109/111/113

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Director: Iltefat H. Hamzavi, MD, FAAD - Handout

  • Oma Nenna Agbai, MD - Handout
  • Christian O. Oresajo, PhD
  • Amit G. Pandya, MD, FAAD - Handout
  • Lisa Y. Xu, MD

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify key elements in the pathophysiology of disorders of pigmentation
  • Discuss existing and upcoming treatment options for vitiligo, melasma, lentigines and post inflammatory hyperpigmentation
  • Formulate a treatment algorithm for disorders of pigmentation.

Disorders of pigmentation are some of the most common and challenging disorders dermatologists face. They can have profound effects on the quality of life of our patients. A basic overview of the pathophysiology of these disorders will be covered. Existing and future treatment options will be reviewed for vitiligo, melasma, post inflammatory hyperpigmentation and lentigines. Treatment options covered will include cosmetic agents, topical pharmacologic agents, oral options and energy based devices.


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  • Role of phototherapy in patients with skin of color. Semin Cutan Med Surg 2011 Dec;30(4):184-9.
  • Cosmeceuticals for Hyperpigmentation: What is Available? J Cutan Aesthet Surg 2013 Jan;6(1):4-11.


Monday, March 24
2:00 PMOverview of Disorders of pigmentation / Dr. Hamzavi
2:30 PMPost Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation / Dr. Agbai
3:00 PMEnergy based devices and disorders of pigmentation / Dr. Xu
3:30 PMMelasma / Dr. Pandya
4:00 PMUltraviolet light and Pigmentation / Dr. Oresajo
4:30 PMVitiligo / Dr. Hamzavi