Melanocyte Transplant for Vitiligo
This is a skin disorder where one sees a complete pigment loss in the affected areas. This occurs due to the damage of the pigment producing cells (melanocyte). Vitiligo is clinically identified by the development of chalky white macular (flat) patches, which when viewed microscopically are completely devoid of melanocyte.
- Vitiligo starts as small white patches, first affecting an area with pigment loss, and then spreading with time.
- The goal of treatment is to stop or slow down the progression of pigment loss.
- Immune system disorder
- Sunburn or emotional stress
- Unknown in certain cases
Management at Skin & You Clinic:
- Topical Corticosteroids: Corticosteroid creams or ointments
- Immunomodulators: Immunosuppressant creams or ointments, such as Pimecrolimus and Tacrolimus can be used.
- Phototherapy: Phototherapy is a medical procedure in which your skin is carefully exposed to ultraviolet light. This therapy can be done by itself or after taking a drug that sensitizes your skin to light.
- Autologous Skin Graft: Skin may be moved (grafted) from normally pigmented areas and placed onto areas where there is pigment loss.
- Cover-Up Make-Up: Several cover-up make-up or skin dyes can mask vitiligo.
- Using Sunscreen: It is important to remember that skin without pigment is at greater risk for sun damage. Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB), high SPF sunscreen or sun block and use appropriate safeguards against sun exposure
- Medical Tattooing: by using medical gradient dyes are used for semi-permanent / permanentCosmetic Tattooing over stable, small patches of vitiligo. It has given excellent results for isolated lip vitiligo cases.