Ask anyone who suffers from Vitiligo and they’ll often describe a condition making him or her embarrassed and depressed. An estimated one in every 100 people in the UK alone has Vitiligo.
The white spots which slowly change size and shape over time often appear on the face, neck, scalp and mouth in some case even the genitals. The loss of pigment forming cells known as melanocyles in extreme cases of universal Vitiligo depigmentation can cover almost the entire body.
Sufferers have a constant fear of new spots developing, and patients often describe the additional stress in relationships and place of work. Although in some cases Vitiligo can go away without treatment, more often the condition is an ongoing one. By the time many patients decide to visit our clinic, their social life has already changed in an attempt to avoid people.
Outgoing people who once found it very easy to socialise with others suddenly become housebound, developing a deep inferiority complex.
Two vitiligo treatments are now available helping to combat Vitiligo. ReCell can reintroduce skin colour (pigment) to areas of skin that are whiter than the surrounding skin, while BClear combines highly efficacious UVB light therapy with the latest advances in fiber-optic delivered light technology.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long will the vitiligo treatment be spread over?
The treatment may consist of multiple treatments, 2 or 3 times per week, given over 2 – 3 months. In some cases, the affected area will clear gradually and in other cases, the affected area may not clear completely.
How soon after the vitiligo treatment can I be exposed to sun?
Clients should protect the area against excessive sun exposure for up to one month after the treatment.
After the vitiligo treatment will there be a change in my pigments?
The treated area may heal with changed pigment or colour. This increased or decreased pigmentation of the skin should be protected from the sun until it has faded.
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