Vitiligo Treatment Brampton
Doctors may use light boxes to treat large areas of vitiligo and use laser treatments on more localized areas. Depigmentation, or removing color from dark areas of the skin so they match the white patches. Doctors usually recommend this treatment for people who have vitiligo on more than half of their bodies.
Vitiligo treatment can reduce and limit white patches and pigmentation issues caused by vitiligo. This skin disease can affect people of all ages and skin types, but may be more noticeable in people with darker complexions. Vitiligo appears when there is an absence of melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) around an area of the skin, causing the appearance of pale, white spots. Thanks to continued vitiligo research, numerous treatment options have been developed to improve the symptoms of vitiligo, including Excimer laser treatment and topical care. Our team of board certified dermatologists and skin care experts at Dermatology, Laser and Surgery of Flatiron can diagnose and treat vitiligo using the most up-to-date modalities and techniques to help you improve your complexion.
WHAT IS VITILIGO?
Vitiligo is characterized by white patches that form on the skin due to a lack of melanocytes. These cells are responsible for producing melanin, which gives the skin its color. When melanocytes are absent, pale patches form on the skin and contrast with your natural skin tone. There are multiple classifications and subtypes of vitiligo, including:
- Generalized Vitiligo: The most common type of vitiligo that can affect numerous parts of the body. Classifications include acrofacial vitiligo (occurring around the face, hands, or feet) and vitiligo vulgaris (scattered patches around the body).
- Segmental Vitiligo: Vitiligo symptoms occur on only 1 segment or side of your body.
- Localized Vitiligo: Symptoms of vitiligo are not widespread. May affect a specific area of the body (focal vitiligo) or your body’s mucous membranes (mucosal vitiligo).
- Universal Vitiligo: This type of vitiligo affects nearly the entire body.
- Mixed Vitiligo: When various types of vitiligo occur at once.