Vitiligo is an auto-immune disorder which causes white, de-pigmented patches to appear on the skin.
Although it is unknown why the immune system attacks the pigment cells, we now have excellent treatments to help achieve re-pigmentation of the skin.
One of the most exciting advances in the treatment of vitiligo is the excimer laser. The excimer laser utilizes an anti-inflammatory, focused wavelength of light to target inflammation in the skin and stimulate re-pigmentation.
Phototherapy, which utilizes safe narrowband UVB, is another successful treatment modality for widespread vitiligo. These quick and painless treatments utilize a full body light source to target inflammation and bring back the skin’s natural color.
There are many benefits to the excimer laser and phototherapy treatments for vitiligo including:
-Safety: These anti-inflammatory wavelengths of light only target the skin. There is no systemic absorption, thus treatments are safe for almost all ages and individuals.
-Efficacy: Treatments bring back pigmentation (either completely or at least partially) in over 80% of individuals.
-Cost: Insurance covers the cost of most treatments (including Medicare).
Tareen Dermatology in Roseville, Minnesota is proud to offer these safe and effective laser and light treatments for vitiligo. Individuals with these white patches do not need to suffer anymore – Tareen Dermatology is happy to help! Dr. Mohiba Tareen will be on ABC’s Twin Cities Live, channel 5, discussing vitiligo treatments on Monday, August 1st at 3 pm or contact our office for more information.