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Vitiligo Treatment

At True Dermatology, we offer a comprehensive approach to vitiligo management, combining the latest treatments and personalized care


Vitiligo Treatment

Vitiligo Treatment

What Is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition characterized by the loss of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes, resulting in white patches on the skin. These patches can appear anywhere on the body and vary in size and shape. Vitiligo can affect individuals of all skin types, though it is more noticeable in those with darker skin. The exact cause of vitiligo is not fully understood, but it is believed to involve a combination of genetic, autoimmune, and environmental factors.

Topical Treatments

Topical treatments are commonly used to help repigment the skin and manage vitiligo symptoms. These treatments include:

  • Tacrolimus: Tacrolimus is a topical immunomodulator that helps suppress the immune response and promote repigmentation. It is particularly useful for treating vitiligo on sensitive areas like the face and neck.
  • Topical Steroids: Corticosteroids are anti-inflammatory medications that can help restore pigment in the early stages of vitiligo. They are applied directly to the affected areas and can reduce inflammation and slow the progression of depigmentation.
  • Opzelura (Ruxolitinib): Opzelura is an FDA-approved topical JAK inhibitor specifically for the treatment of nonsegmental vitiligo. It works by modulating the immune response and has shown promising results in clinical trials, making it a valuable option for patients with vitiligo.

Phototherapy and Laser Treatments

Phototherapy and laser treatments are the mainstay for vitiligo management. These treatments use light to stimulate melanocytes and promote repigmentation:

  • Excimer Laser: The excimer laser emits a targeted ultraviolet B (UVB) light that helps stimulate melanocyte activity and repigmentation in localized areas. It is particularly effective for small patches of vitiligo and can result in significant improvement with regular sessions.
  • Phototherapy (Narrowband UVB): Narrowband UVB phototherapy is a widely used treatment for vitiligo. It involves exposing the skin to UVB light, which can help stimulate melanocyte activity and promote repigmentation. Phototherapy is typically administered two to three times a week and requires several months to achieve noticeable results.

Oral Medications

Oral medications for vitiligo are currently under development and show promise in clinical trials. These medications aim to address the underlying autoimmune mechanisms that contribute to vitiligo. However, they may come with a range of potential side effects that need careful consideration and discussion with a board-certified dermatologist. The use of oral medications is usually reserved for more extensive or rapidly progressing cases of vitiligo.

Comprehensive Vitiligo Management

At True Dermatology, we offer a comprehensive approach to vitiligo management, combining the latest treatments and personalized care. Our board-certified dermatologists work closely with patients to develop tailored treatment plans that address their specific needs and goals. We stay at the forefront of research and advancements in vitiligo treatment to provide our patients with the best possible outcomes.

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Patient success stories

Evlyn O.

As a teenager, I suffered from cystic acne which left some indented acne scars behind. I often felt self-conscious about those scars and decided to make an appointment with Dr. Sung after reading all his amazing reviews. I saw Dr. Sung for a cosmetic consultation and he attentively listened to all my concerns and recommended we try using fillers to fill in the small pits.

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I am an ER physician and a couple of weeks ago my nephew developed a skin condition that I had not seen before. I consulted Dr. Sung right away and sent him a picture. He replied in less than a minute with the diagnosis and treatment. I sent it to my nephews doctors who also didn't know what it was. They were able to confirm the diagnosis and start treatment right away.

Without Dr. Sun's quick diagnosis there would have been a delay of treatment and the infection could have spread to my nephews brain. Luckily it didn't and my nephew is back at home now laughing and playing as before. I went to medical school with Dr. Sung. He was the top student in our class all 4 years and I knew if there is anyone who would have an answer it was going to be him and he did. I knew that he is still the best and is always studying the latest research papers. This is the kind of dermatologist you want taking care of your skin.