If you suffer from vitiligo, the white blotches on your skin may make you feel self-conscious or even downright embarrassed. You’re not stuck with them, however. Dermatology Associates of Central NJ in Old Bridge, Union, and Freehold, New Jersey, offers a highly advanced light-based treatment that can dramatically reduce the appearance of vitiligo. Book your appointment online now, or call the location closest to you to arrange your visit with an expert dermatology team.
Vitiligo is a non-contagious skin condition in which you develop white patches on your skin. These patches aren't raised and have the same texture as the rest of your skin, but the skin lacks pigment in those areas.
If you have vitiligo, your melanin-producing cells, the melanocytes, either die or start malfunctioning. The areas of your skin with those damaged or dead melanocytes then turn white because the pigment is stripped away. Usually, vitiligo appears on the face, arms, chest, and hands. However, it can appear anywhere and sometimes spreads over time.
The cause of vitiligo hasn’t been determined. Some of the most common theories about vitiligo speculate that it comes from immune system issues, severe sunburn, or extreme stress. Despite the lack of a definite cause, your Dermatology Associates of Central NJ dermatologist can still treat it effectively.
Vitiligo has a variety of possible treatments, including:
The dermatologists at Dermatology Associates of Central NJ often recommend phototherapy with the Excilite® system because it's the most powerful vitiligo treatment available today. Sometimes, phototherapy works best in combination with oral or topical medication.
In phototherapy for vitiligo, your dermatologist delivers measured doses of ultraviolet light directly to the affected areas on your skin. This light slows or prevents melanocyte damage or destruction while triggering repigmentation of the white patches.
Your dermatologist at Dermatology Associates of Central NJ customizes Excilite treatment to your needs for optimal results. Treatments can last just seconds, and there's no downtime. Most vitiligo sufferers get the best results with a short series of treatments. You'll evaluate results as you go so you and your dermatologist can decide how many treatments you need.
Since the cause of vitiligo isn't known, prevention methods are also uncertain. However, using a high-quality sunblock whenever you're outdoors is always a smart decision for your overall skin health and wellness. It can also help you avoid skin cancer.
Concerned about vitiligo? Book your appointment online now, or call the Dermatology Associates of Central NJ office closest to you today.