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I'm a Michigan-based Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who has been featured on Dr. 90210. The info here is my opinion alone and should not be taken as fact or as medical advice. I've not treated any of the celebrities presented here.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Michael Jackson Part II



Michael Jackson and plastic surgery...continued! There has been a lot said about Michael's claims that his skin has lightened over the years due to a medical condition called vitiligo. I do not believe that his skin can become so evenly white solely from vitiligo. Vitiligo is a bona fide skin disorder which causes the skin to lose pigment in areas. These areas are usually patchy, such as seen in the photo above from wikipedia. It appears much more likely to me that Michael has been bleaching his skin using one or more of the topical skin lighteners which are available. This way he can get the even white color he currently has. What is the dead giveaway to this?
Look at his hands, specifically his fingernails. It is impossible to get the skin bleaching cream under the nails, and therefore the skin under the nails should remain dark. If you've seen any interviews of him when he isn't wearing gloves, his nails look odd. They are darker than the surrounding skin. In my opinion, this is the most obvious sign that he's been bleaching his skin. It may also be a reason why he wears gloves so often. Vitiligo??? More like Clorox!!!

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does this mean that people with vitiligo lose pigmentation under the nails, too?

I'm just curious.

Dr. Tony Youn said...

That I cannot tell you for sure, but I would think that the answer is yes.

Anonymous said...

i was under the impression that he bleached his skin so that he could even the patches due to the vitiligo.

Dr. Tony Youn said...

That could be a possibility...but I doubt it.

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Anonymous said...

look here
nail has the same color
http://www.bbc.co.uk/totp2/ugotthelook/michael_jackson.shtml

Anonymous said...

another one
http://www.reviewjournal.com/lvrj_home/2005/Jun-09-Thu-2005/photos/jackson.jpg

Dr. Tony Youn said...

I couldn't get the first photo to come up. The second photo is too far away and low resolution to determine if the color is the same.

Anonymous said...

I have vitilgo. It has completly covered both hands and other parts of my body. The skin under my fingernails have remained pink though. No change. I am white. I don't know if that makes a difference.

Anonymous said...

I live in So. Cal and know the dermatologist who examined Michael for the State of California some years ago when he was being examined for allegations of child molestation. Michael does indeed have Vitaligo according to this doctor. The only reason my doc friend was able to disclose this is because Michael himself has said he has this condition. This is not the extent of Michael's medical conditions but this is all my friend could disclose. This being said, I think the skin bleaching is an attempt to appear "normal" by elimiating the patches.

Anonymous said...

I have never seen a black person with black fingernails. Are your nails tan? Everyone’s nails, palms and soles are pink. Severe vitiligo can affect the whole body and people do die from it. As a doctor you should know over the counter lighters are not strong enough to "bleach" the body. Darkened nails occur from disease, mal nutrition, chemical intervention if he is lightening his body as opposed to wearing lighter make to blend in the patches or chemotherapy.

http://i9.tinypic.com/3353w5v.jpg

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Severe vitiligo can affect the whole body and people do die from it.

Where did you get that information???

Die? From a pigment disorder? I do not think so.....

Anonymous said...

Wow! What false things being said.

Yes, vitiligo can affect MOST of the body. People have it at varying degress. Those with severe vitiligo get a prescription from a dermatologist for a cream which will permanently depigment all skin - which is What he did. Of course, he was unable to put the cream below his nails. A doctor should know this!!!

Anonymous said...

Dr is it tuinonrue michael bleached his skin with hidroqe at 20%?, i mean thats kinda too much!

Amir said...

In case of MJ he has no doubt vitiligo many people accept this.So according
to the some vitiligo sites like vitiligo and other our millions of
population is suffering from the vitiligo.and millions of people use different types of
medicine or treatment for their skin disorder so this is not so case if Mickel Jackson or
some other use the
surgery or some thing else to turning white (actually for the cure of vitiligo).One thing is important that the vitiligo is a serious disease and desearved to research upon it.

Anonymous said...

This girls vitiligo evened out pretty quick judging by the age difference in the pictures & she actually looks the same shade in the 3rd pic as MJ did...http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_JeSqlMgBcyY/SCX1mTXwBII/AAAAAAAABcM/uFalEICwKOU/s400/Desiree_Vitiligo_080327_mn.jpg

Anonymous said...

I love MJ and I'm sure he did something to even out his skin. He lived in the spotlight, he couldn't go around to different colors! I understand why he lightened his skin, I know he had vitiligo, but my question is, why did he get that dimple in his chin! That was just ugly! He was certainly a beautiful man before all the surgeries! That awful face lift sometime after the year 2000, plus that chin dimple thing just did it for me. How could surgeons allow people to continue with crap like that!? GREED! But if I were a surgeon, I would not be the one messing up what is already BEAUTIFUL!!!