Vitiligo is generally felt to be an autoimmune disorder whose symptoms are characterized by a loss of skin pigmentation that can affect any part of the body. Because its causes are complex and multifactorial, it doesn’t always respond effectively or predictably to treatment. Non-surgical medical options for vitiligo typically include topical corticosteroids, topical calcineurin inhibitors, controlled UV phototherapy, and excimer laser therapy – all done at frequent intervals for several months at a time with most topical therapies requiring a twice-daily application.
One surprisingly effective paramedical option for treating vitiligo is melanocyte restoration. While a camouflage pigment is tattooed into the areas of the skin affected by vitiligo, the needling of the skin itself may help restore proper functioning of its melanocytes to once again produce pigment.
Below is an example of a client who has received 2 treatments of melanocyte repigmentation needling after not getting any improvement from the XTRAC excimer laser.