VITILIGO SPECIALIST NYC
Our vitiligo specialists in NYC can reduce the prominence of vitiligo and restore an even complexion. Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease that causes a loss of pigment and color in the skin. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease in which your body stops the natural production of melanin. The patches of skin that are affected lose their color and then turn white, leaving white patches in the affected areas. At Dermatology, Laser & Surgery of Carnegie Hill, our vitiligo doctors can use a combination of treatment modalities to combat the effects of this skin condition.
WHAT IS VITILIGO?
Vitiligo is a skin disease that causes a loss of skin color. The patches of skin that lose their color and pigment appear as white blotches. This color loss can affect any part of the body, as well as the hair and inside of the mouth. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease, which means that your body’s defenses turn on your healthy skin cells that make color instead of attacking germs, viruses, or bacteria. Vitiligo occurs when the skin cells that make color and produce melanin stop functioning. Vitiligo affects people of all skin colors. The extent and rate of color loss are random; however, this disease is not life-threatening or contagious. Vitiligo can start at any age, but it often occurs before the age of twenty. Contact a dermatologist if you should see a loss of color in your skin, your hair, or your eyes. While vitiligo has no cure, our vitiligo specialists in NYC at Dermatology, Laser & Surgery of Carnegie Hill may be able to stop or slow the discoloring process and return some color to your skin.
WHAT CAUSES VITILIGO?
Individuals with vitiligo may be genetically predisposed to this disease and may be more likely to develop other autoimmune diseases. Heredity and genetics affect this skin disease, as do stress, extreme sunburns, and exposure to chemicals and immunotherapy immunomodulators. You should contact a vitiligo specialist in NYC at the first sign of any pigment loss on any part of your body.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF VITILIGO?
The most obvious sign of vitiligo is the appearance of white patches resulting from the loss of pigment in your skin. Usually, the color is first lost on areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun, such as the arms, hands, face, and lips. Vitiligo appears as a patchy loss of skin color and can also affect the inner skin of the mouth and nose, as well as the retina of the eye. Other signs include premature whitening of the hair on the scalp, eyelashes, eyebrows, and beard hair.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF VITILIGO?
The most common type of vitiligo is called generalized vitiligo, where the discolored patches often progress symmetrically across the body parts (on both hands or both legs, for example). This type of vitiligo tends to cover a large area of your body and the pigment loss can be rapid. Segmental vitiligo is much less common and occurs on only one side or part of your body (on one arm or one side of your face, for example). This type of vitiligo tends to occur at an early age, progresses for about one to two years, and then stops. Localized vitiligo (also known as focal vitiligo) affects only one or a few areas of your body. In all of these types, vitiligo may stop forming with or without treatment. In most cases, pigment loss spreads and involves more skin.
WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT GOALS FOR VITILIGO?
While there is no cure, vitiligo specialists use treatments to slow or stop the disease. These techniques can help skin cells produce melanin again and restore more color to the white patches of skin. Vitiligo treatments include topical creams, ointments, light therapy, needling, depigmentation of healthy skin, tattooing, and surgery.*
HOW DO I LEARN MORE ABOUT VITILIGO TREATMENT IN NYC?
Everyone’s vitiligo is different. Talk to one of our vitiligo specialists about all of your treatment options. Treatment for vitiligo includes light therapy, oral medications, topical creams, and surgical options. Our dermatologists can examine your skin and discuss your solutions. Give us a call at 646-661-6131 or request an appointment online for a personal consultation.