Depigmentation is a good alternative if half or more of one’s body is infected with Vitiligo. In this treatment, the tone of the parts of the skin which are not affected by the disease is lightened to match with the skin sections, having already become discolored. The patient also has to apply a particular chemical, called Monobenzone Ether of Hydroquinone, in the unaffected parts of the skin for more than two times in a day. The patient should continue with this practice until the two shades, or his or her skin is back to their normal color.
Swelling and redness usually follows this treatment. Other side effects include dry, itchy skin, and sensitivity to sunlight.
These treatments can be applied to areas of the skin with stable Vitiligo conditions. To deliver the desired results, grafting and transplant procedures may be employed. Grafts of the skin may be removed from areas not visible and grafted onto the visible Vitiligo areas. Light is then usually used to propagate the pigment to spread across the grafted area.
In some parts other parts of the world, for example, India, researchers are using samples of natural skin to make cultures of melanocytes and keratinocytes. These cells are then spread over the Vitiligo-infected areas. To avoid interference, these areas having been treated, are covered with bandages for some time. As the conditional begins to gain stability, surgical therapies are then used on areas of segmental Vitiligo. These techniques are, however, only practiced if the patient’s condition has been stable for over a year because surgical therapies are accompanied by the risks of causing skin trauma. This in turn triggers Vitiligo even more. Patchwork effect or scarring and the cobblestone are further effects associated with these side effects.
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Some surgical treatments that are performed on Vitiligo patients include:
• Mini-Punch Grafting
Small and thick skin grafts are placed or established on the depigmented areas of the skin; topical PUVA is then used to stimulate the process of stimulation.
• Thin Split-Thickness Grafts
Unlike mini-punch grafting, instead of taking a thick slice of skin, a smaller section is obtained. This process is usually used to treat the lips and the hands, and as such use of anesthesia is required.