Vitiligo Treatment

This skin disease often forms on both sides of the body as shown here on the knees. Vitiligo(vit-uh- lie-go) causes the skin to lose color. Patches of lighter skin appear. Some people develop a few patches. Others lose much more skin color

Vitiligo usually affects the skin, but it can develop anywhere we have pigment.Patches of hair can turn white. Some people lose color inside their mouths. Even an eye can lose some of its color.

Vitiligo is not contagious. It is not life-threatening. But, vitiligo can be life-altering. Some people develop low self-esteem. They may no longer want to hang out with friends or develop serious depression. Most people have vitiligo for life, so it’s important to develop coping strategies.

When to Consider Vitiligo Treatment

We can lose pigment anywhere on our bodies, including our:

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Inside the mouth.
  • Genitals

This skin disease often forms on both sides of the body as shown here on the knees. Vitiligo(vit-uh- lie-go) causes the skin to lose color. Patches of lighter skin appear. Some people develop a few patches. Others lose much more skin color

Detailed Procedural Information

How is a Vitiligo treatment procedure performed?

Four options are currently available for the treatment of vitiligo:

  • Sunscreens
  • Cover-up
  • Type of psoriasis
  • Restoring Normal Skin Color
  • Spot Treatment: Topical Corticosteroid Creams
  • Spot Treatment: Topical Oxsoralen
  • Spot Treatment: Mini Grafting
  • Whole Body Treatment: PUVA Photochemotherapy (Oral Psoralens + UVA Irradiation)

What are my options?

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Four options are currently available for the treatment of vitiligo:

  • Sunscreens
  • Cover-up
  • Type of psoriasis
  • Restoring Normal Skin Color
  • Spot Treatment: Topical Corticosteroid Creams
  • Spot Treatment: Topical Oxsoralen
  • Spot Treatment: Mini Grafting
  • Whole Body Treatment: PUVA Photochemotherapy (Oral Psoralens + UVA Irradiation)

How do I prepare for a Vitiligo Treatment procedure?

Our surgeon will provide thorough pretreatment instructions, answer any questions you may have, take a detailed medical history and perform a physical exam to determine your fitness for treatment.

In advance of your procedure, your surgeon will ask you to:

  • Keep Skin Moist
  • Bathe With Care.
  • Stick to the Plan
  • Get Some Sun
  • Quit Smoking
  • Drink Booze Moderately or Not at All
  • Consider Diet Changes
  • Tend to Your Mental Health

Preparing for Your Procedure

  • Uses UVA light and a medicine called psoralen to restore skin color.
  • Psoralen may be applied to the skin or taken as a pill.
  • Can treat widespread vitiligo.
  • About 50 percent to 75 percent effective in restoring pigment to the face, trunk, upper arms and upper legs.
  • Not very effective for the hands or feet.
  • Time-consuming, requiring treatment at a hospital or PUVA center twice a week for about 1 year.
  • Psoralen can affect the eyes, so this treatment requires eye exams before starting treatment and after finishing treatment.
  • To help prevent serious side effects, patients need to be carefully monitored.

Aftercare and Recovery

  • Use sunscreen.
  • Apply sunscreen every day.
  • Reapply sunscreen when outdoors.
  • Wear clothing that protects your skin from the sun.
  • Seek shade.

Result:

It May Varies from Patient to Patient.

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