Vitiligo Treatments


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" I took one of my cousin there for vitiligo treatment. Mam explained things well . Clinic is equipped with latest equipment. Affordable pfrices and good treatment. I recommend it to everyone who are looking for any skin issues."


December 05, 2023

Excimer For Vitiligo

Excimer Laser is a highly concentrated beam of UVB light that dermatologists target directly on the lightened areas of the skin using a wand-like device. This UVB light can stimulate repigmentation in the skin, restoring color to white patches.

Dermatologists utilize this effective light therapy to reduce the visibility of depigmented skin patches caused by vitiligo. The procedure is painless and can be performed in a doctor's office in under thirty minutes. Typically, multiple sessions are necessary to achieve desired results, with dermatologists recommending twice-weekly sessions for four to six months before reassessing the need for further treatment.

Advantages Of Using The Excimer Laser

  • The laser specifically targets the affected areas and does not expose the surrounding skin to radiation.
  • Dermatologists can utilize it in areas that may pose challenges for other treatments, such as phototherapy, including the ears and genital areas.
  • Dermatologists can utilize various templates based on the areas they are treating.
  • It is safe for use in children.

Side Effects

Using a high dose, the excimer laser can cause skin blisters. Other potential side effects include:

  • Painful erythema (skin reddening)
  • Hyperpigmentation (skin darkening)
  • Skin lesions in the event of a burn

Blister Grafting For Vitiligo

Blister grafting treatment for vitiligo offers convenience, cost-effectiveness, and a shorter duration. A pure epidermal graft provides an outstanding color match. Pigmentation spreads from the graft to the surrounding area by up to 46%, with maximum pigmentation achieved within 3-4 months and no scarring.

Epidermal blister grafting involves creating blisters on normally pigmented skin by applying negative pressure. High-quality blisters typically form within 2-3 hours. The separation process takes about 45 minutes to 2 hours. Once blisters have formed, the depigmented epithelium is removed, and the borders of the blisters are cut with curved iris scissors. The roofs of the pigmented donor blisters are then transplanted to the denuded areas affected by vitiligo. After surgery, a 7-day course of antibiotics is prescribed, and patients are advised to keep the treated area immobilized for a week.

Blister Grafting Treatment For Vitiligo Offers Several Advantages

  • Convenience: The procedure is relatively simple and can be performed as an outpatient treatment.
  • Cost-effective: Compared to other treatments, blister grafting can be more affordable.
  • Excellent color match: Using pure epidermal grafts results in a very good color match with the surrounding skin.
  • Pigmentation spread: Pigment from the graft can spread to the surrounding areas, achieving up to 46% repigmentation.
  • Minimal scarring: The procedure typically does not leave any noticeable scars.
  • Faster results: Maximum pigmentation is usually achieved within 3-4 months.
  • Less time-consuming: The procedure can be completed in a relatively short amount of time, making it convenient for patients.

Side Effects

While blister grafting treatment for vitiligo is generally safe and effective, there are some potential side effects and risks:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Color Mismatch
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Hypo- or hyperpigmentation 
  • Graft failure 
  • Allergic reactions
  • Recurrence

Punch Grafting  For Vitiligo

Punch grafting is a surgical technique for treating vitiligo, a condition that causes skin patches to lose color. In this procedure, small, circular sections of healthy, pigmented skin are taken from unaffected body areas and transplanted into the depigmented areas. The recipient sites are prepared by removing the top layer of skin to facilitate the graft's attachment. The grafted skin then repopulates the affected areas, restoring color. Punch grafting is effective for small to medium-sized patches and can offer a natural color match. However, it carries risks such as scarring, infection, and graft failure.

Punch Grafting For Vitiligo Offers Several Advantages

  • Color matching is usually outstanding with punch grafting, resulting in a very natural appearance.
  • The repigmentation achieved can be long-lasting, especially for small to medium-sized areas. 
  • Punch grafting is frequently successful in addressing small to medium-sized vitiligo patches, especially in cases where other treatments have been ineffective.
  • Grafts' size and shape can be customized to meet each patient's specific requirements, enabling a more individualized treatment strategy.
  • Although scarring is a possibility with any surgical procedure, punch grafting typically leads to minimal scarring, especially when conducted by skilled surgeons.
  • Although all surgical procedures carry some risks, punch grafting is generally safe when performed by a qualified healthcare professional, with a low risk of complications.

Side Effects

  • Scarring
  • Infection
  • Hypo- or hyperpigmentation
  • Graft failure
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Allergic reactions
  • Bleeding

Split-Thickness Skin Grafting For Vitiligo

Split-thickness skin grafting for vitiligo entails transferring a thin skin layer, comprising the epidermis and a portion of the dermis, from a donor site with normal pigmentation to vitiligo-affected areas. The goal is to replenish the depigmented areas with viable, pigmented skin cells, thereby reinstating skin color. This procedure is particularly beneficial for treating extensive vitiligo patches that have shown resistance to alternative treatments.

Advantages Of Using The Split-Thickness Skin Grafting:

Effective Pigmentation: The procedure can effectively restore skin color in areas affected by vitiligo.

Coverage: It is suitable for treating larger areas of vitiligo that may not respond well to other treatments.

Color Match: The grafted skin can provide a good color match with the surrounding skin, leading to a more natural appearance.

Customization: The size and shape of the grafts can be tailored to fit the specific needs of each patient, allowing for a more personalized treatment approach.

Long-lasting Results: In many cases, the repigmentation achieved with split-thickness skin grafting can be permanent, providing long-lasting results

Side effects:

  • Scarring
  • Color Mismatch
  • Graft Failure
  • Pain and Discomfort
  • Infection, Bleeding
  • Hypo- or Hyperpigmentation

Non-Cultured Epidermal Suspension For Vitiligo

Non-cultured epidermal suspension (NCES) is a surgical technique used to treat vitiligo, a condition characterized by the loss of skin pigment. In this procedure, a small piece of skin is taken from an area of the body with good pigmentation, such as the thigh or buttocks. This skin sample is then processed to isolate the epidermal cells, which are responsible for producing pigment.

The isolated epidermal cells are then suspended in a solution and applied to the depigmented areas of the skin affected by vitiligo. The goal is to repopulate the depigmented areas with healthy, pigmented skin cells, restoring color to the skin.

NCES is considered a minimally invasive procedure and can be performed on an outpatient basis. It is often used to treat small to medium-sized areas of vitiligo and can provide good results, particularly when combined with other treatments such as phototherapy.

Nces Offers Several Advantages

  • Natural Color Matching: It provides a good color match between treated and surrounding skin, enhancing natural appearance.
  • Effectiveness: NCES effectively repigments vitiligo-affected areas, especially when used with other therapies.
  • Minimal Scarring: The procedure typically results in minimal scarring, particularly when performed by experienced professionals.
  • Low Complication Risk: NCES is generally safe, with a low risk of complications when conducted by qualified healthcare providers.
  • Customization: Treatment areas can be customized to fit each patient's needs, ensuring a personalized approach.

Side Effects

  • Temporary Discoloration
  • Infection
  • Itching or Irritation
  • Hypo- or Hyperpigmentation
  • Scarring
  • Allergic Reactions

Medical Treatment For Vitiligo

It includes various options aimed at repigmenting the affected areas of the skin. These treatments can be used alone or in combination, depending on the extent and severity of the condition. Here are some common medical treatments for vitiligo:

Topical Corticosteroids: These are creams or ointments that can help to reduce inflammation and repigment the skin. They are often used as a first-line treatment for vitiligo, especially for localized areas.

Topical Calcineurin Inhibitors: These medications, such as tacrolimus and pimecrolimus, can be used to reduce inflammation and help repigment the skin. They are often used in areas where corticosteroids may not be suitable, such as the face or genital area.

Phototherapy: This involves exposing the skin to ultraviolet A (UVA) or ultraviolet B (UVB) light to stimulate melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) to produce pigment. Phototherapy can be done in a clinic or at home with a phototherapy unit.

Excimer Laser: This is a type of laser therapy that delivers a concentrated beam of UVB light to the affected areas of the skin. It can be effective for localized vitiligo patches.

Oral Medications: In some cases, oral medications such as corticosteroids, calcineurin inhibitors, or vitamin D analogs may be prescribed to help repigment the skin.

Depigmentation: In cases where vitiligo affects a large portion of the skin, depigmentation may be an option. This involves using topical medications to remove the remaining pigment from the skin, so the affected and unaffected areas match in color.

Skin Grafting: In this procedure, healthy skin is taken from one part of the body and transplanted to the vitiligo-affected areas. This can be a more invasive treatment option and is typically used for cases that have not responded to other treatments.

It's important to note that not all treatments will work for everyone, and it may take time to find the most effective treatment plan. A dermatologist can help determine the best approach based on individual factors such as the extent of the vitiligo, medical history, and treatment goals.


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I took one of my cousin there for vitiligo treatment. Mam explained things well . Clinic is equipped with latest equipment. Affordable pfrices and good treatment. I recommend it to everyone who are looking for any skin issues.


December 05, 2023


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