Vitiligo

Bay Ridge Dermatology

Dermatology and Laser Specialists located in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, NY

If you’re noticing patches of lighter skin on various parts of your body, you may have vitiligo. The condition isn’t life-threatening, but it may have an effect on your self-esteem. The team at Bay Ridge Dermatology in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York, provides advanced treatment for vitiligo to restore your skin color. Call today or request an appointment online.

Vitiligo Q & A

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes blotchy, light-colored skin. The color of your skin is directed by the pigment melanin. You may develop vitiligo if your pigment cells die, which can occur with any skin color but may be more noticeable on darker skin.

Researchers are still investigating the reason why your pigment cells die but theorize it may be caused by an immune disorder, an injury to your skin, or your genetics.

There is no cure for vitiligo, but at Bay Ridge Dermatology, it can be treated.

How do I know if I have vitiligo?

If you’re noticing patches of lighter skin on your body, the skin care experts at Bay Ridge Dermatology can conduct a thorough evaluation — including an examination of your skin and your medical history — to help formulate a diagnosis. The team may also perform a biopsy of your skin to help confirm the cause of your skin condition.

Common symptoms of vitiligo include:

  • Premature graying or whitening of the hair on your head, beard, or eyelashes
  • Loss of color on your skin or inside your mouth or nose
  • Loss of color in your retina

Color loss may appear all over your body, on one side, or a few parts. Vitiligo can occur at any age and the degree of color loss can range from minimal to severe.

How is vitiligo treated?

You have many treatment options to help restore color to your skin. The team at Bay Ridge Dermatology go over your options and help you determine the best treatment for you. Treatments include:

Topical medication

Prescription topical medications regularly applied to your skin may help restore some of your skin color. 

XTRAC® laser

Also known as light treatment, the XTRAC laser is an advanced medical treatment that helps restore color to the skin. It can be used anywhere on the body and is especially effective on the face. To maintain your color, you may need to come in for regular treatments.

Surgery

If less invasive options fail to restore your skin color, the team may suggest surgery. This involves transferring skin or skin cells from one area of your body to the skin that’s lost color. Surgery can be very effective, but may also cause scarring.

To discuss your treatment options for vitiligo, call the Bay Ridge Dermatology office or request an appointment online today.