Vitiligo Treatment

About Vitiligo Treatment

Vitiligo is a skin condition in which white patches appear on different parts of the body. Commonly, the discoloration first occurs on the sun-exposed areas such as face, hands, and neck. The main cause of this skin disorder is the dead of melanin, a pigment cell determining the color of hair and skin.

The condition is not life-threatening or contagious, but it can be stressful or make the patient feel bad about himself/herself.

Vitiligo treatment restores color of the affected skin and stops or slows the discoloring process. Please note that the final result will appear after few months.

time requirements

Minimum stay

Depends on the treatment plan

Hospital stay

Not required

Operation duration

Depends on the treatment plan

Anesthesia type

Local

Back to work

Right after the procedure

Post visit

Conditional

Before Vitiligo Treatment

General recommendations before the procedure are:

  • Let the doctor know if you are allergic to any medications.
  • Let the doctor know if you have tried before any other vitiligo cure procedure.

How is Vitiligo Treatment performed?

Different methods are available for vitiligo treatment. Cell therapy is one of the newest method that has been recently used in treating vitiligo. In this highly successful method RecolorCells are used to restore the color.

 

In vitiligo cell therapy procedure, a shaved biopsy specimen is taken from the patient’s normally pigmented area under the local anesthesia. Recolorcell are produced in a few hours in the lab. The procedure might take up to 12 hours. The next step is the injection of Recolor produced cells.

 

The patient should come back the day after to inject cell suspensions in the affected areas. This step won’t need any anesthesia and the patient will not feel any pain at all.

 

6 days later after the injection, the patient need to come back for the first evaluation visit. The doctor will check if everything is done correctly. However, you should notice that the repigmentation might start in the 3rd week after the injection.

 

Please note that the cell therapy is not the only method available for vitiligo treatment. There are some other methods like skin transplant, acupuncture, etc which are not included in this article.

Anesthesia type

Local
Vitiligo Treatment

One of the newest method recently used in Vitiligo treatment is cell therapy.

Recovery procedure

Possible discomfort

Allergy, inflammation and edema at the injection sites may occur in the first 24 hours after the injection.

Post procedure care

  • Protect skin from the sun and avoid using sunbeds. Sunburn is a real risk for vitiligo.
  • Use cold compress on face to reduce erythema or swelling after the injection.
  • Check with the doctor before trying alternative therapies to be sure they won't interact with your current treatment.

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What you need to know

Not recommended for

  • Patients under 18 years old
  • Pregnant women
  • Patients who have hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV
  • People with history of malignancy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, blood transfusion, and/or organ transplantation
  • People who have used cytotoxic drugs during the last 6 months
  • People who might have allergy to animal proteins

Cost parameters

  • The size of the vitiligo patches and the affected areas 
  • Patient’s health condition
  • Qualification/expertise of the surgeon

Specialists

Medical Centers