Vitiligo is a medical skin condition where the cells that produce melanin in the skin die or cease to function. This results in patches of white, colorless skin that are very noticeable and can grow over time. Vitiligo can also cause premature whitening of your hair, eyebrows, and facial hair. Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta provides vitiligo treatment for patients in and around the Atlanta Metro area and surrounding communities of Georgia.
The cause of vitiligo is not exactly known, although it is believed that it is related to other disorders of the immune system and that a genetic component exists. Sometimes vitiligo can be triggered by a skin condition, infection or injury, or even severe sunburn. People with any skin tone can develop vitiligo, but those with darker skin may find it much more noticeable.
It is impossible to predict how the condition will progress. Most patients see it continue to grow and spread all over their bodies over time. Occasionally, patches will shrink and resolve on their own. A few patients have also suffered vision or hearing loss from complications with vitiligo. This skin condition mostly develops in young adults before age 30.
Treatment Options for Vitiligo
Treatment for vitiligo focuses mainly on evening out skin tone for a less noticeable appearance. Dr. Susan Spitzler and Dr. Emma Murad of Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta can recommend a few advanced therapies that can be effective. They will recommend one or a combination of more than one after making an accurate diagnosis of vitiligo and determining the level of your condition.
Advanced treatment options for evening the skin tone to lessen the effect of vitiligo include:
- Autoimmune medications
- Phototherapy (Light therapy)
- Depigmentation therapy
Dr. Spitzler and Dr. Murad will also recommend some lifestyle changes that include avoiding excessive sunlight, dietary changes, and protecting the skin from damage or harsh treatments.
If you notice developing white or colorless patches on your skin, call or message us online for a consultation at Spectrum Dermatology of Atlanta. We can provide several treatments tailored to your condition at our clinic in Alpharetta.