What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition in which the human body inhibits the pigment producing process of the skin’s pigment cells. This process causes the formation of white patches on the skin on all areas of the body. Surprisingly, the same patches can appear on the tissues inside the mouth and nose as well as in the inner layer of the eyeball. Hair can turn white as well.
Pigment can also be lost in the skin after a variety of surgical procedures and traumatic accidents. Examples include the white scars after facelifts and aggressive facial laser procedures such as carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. A variety of burns and other traumatic accidents may also lead to hypopigmented scars.
How can I treat vitiligo or white scars?
A series of laser treatments with the Ra Medical Systems Pharos Excimer Laser can often lead to dramatic re-pigmentation of the skin. Our facility has researched the role of these treatments in the treatment for chronic stretch marks that have lost their pigment. Treatments are undertaken in a series of laser sessions. Improvement is the general rule when treating this type of condition.
How does the laser work?
This technology represents one of the great advances in laser dermatology. The Ra Medical Systems Pharos Excimer Laser we use emits narrow band Ultraviolet B (UV-B) light and has been shown to promote re-pigmentation in those who have lost pigment in their skin. They have also been shown to improve chronic stable plaque psoriasis, and aged white stretch marks.
Benefits of laser vitiligo treatment include:
- Treatments are painless
- Requires no medications
- Virtually no side effects
Things to know about laser vitiligo treatment:
- Occasional touch-up booster sessions may be required
- Most insurance providers will not cover the cost of treatment
What is the cost of vitiligo laser treatment?
Your unique vitiligo laser treatment program will be designed for you, and therefore the price varies from patient to patient. After a thorough consultation and exam with one of our board-certified dermatologists, we will provide you with a comprehensive quote. Additionally, our office accepts CareCredit® and Alphaeon™ Credit, two wonderful medical financing options to help you get your treatment now. Please speak to our concierge team for more information.
How do I get started?
Dr. Goldberg and his staff will be happy to discuss vitiligo laser treatment with you. Please feel free to call for a private consultation at one of our offices in New York or New Jersey.