Dr. Ankuja Mhaske

Vitiligo is a chronic skin condition characterized by the loss of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes), resulting in depigmented patches or white spots on the skin. While there is no cure for vitiligo, several treatment options are available to help minimize depigmentation, promote repigmentation, and improve the overall appearance of the skin.

One of the primary treatments for vitiligo patches is topical corticosteroid therapy, which involves applying potent corticosteroid creams or ointments to the affected areas to reduce inflammation and encourage repigmentation. Topical calcineurin inhibitors may also be prescribed to modulate immune activity and promote melanocyte function.

Phototherapy, or light therapy, is another common treatment modality for vitiligo patches, involving exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light to stimulate melanocyte activity and promote repigmentation of the skin. Phototherapy may be administered using narrowband UVB (NB-UVB) or excimer laser devices in controlled sessions under the supervision of a dermatologist.

In cases where topical treatments and phototherapy are ineffective, surgical interventions such as autologous melanocyte transplantation, punch grafting, or suction blister grafting may be considered to transplant healthy melanocytes from unaffected areas of the body to depigmented patches.

In addition to medical treatments, camouflage makeup and cosmetic tattooing techniques such as micropigmentation can help conceal vitiligo patches and improve the cosmetic appearance of the skin, providing individuals with a temporary solution to their pigmentation concerns.

While vitiligo can be challenging to treat, with proper management and care, many individuals with vitiligo can achieve significant improvements in skin pigmentation and overall quality of life. By working closely with a dermatologist or skin specialist, individuals with vitiligo can explore various treatment options and develop a personalized plan to address their specific needs and goals.

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About Dr. Ankuja Mhaske

Dr. Ankuja Mhaske is graduated from D.Y Patil College, Pimpri and completed her post-graduation (MS) from Sangli. She started programming FUE and Direct FUE (DIRECT HAIR TRANSPLANTATION) after completing her post-graduation diploma in Medical Cosmetology and post-graduation diploma in Clinical Dermatology in 2016.