The Truth About Vitiligo – Vitiligo Facts & Fiction
There is a mass of information available about vitiligo, but much of it can be confusing. Here we take a look at the facts about vitiligo and sort out what’s false from the truth.
# 1 It’s surprisingly common
This one is true. Many of us know that presenter Yvette Fielding has vitiligo from watching Blue Peter in our youth, but did you know that Graham Norton has vitiligo? The white patches in his hair are a result. Other famous sufferers include Kara Tointon, Richard Hammond and even Mad Men’s Jon Hamm.
Vitiligo is an incredibly common condition thought to affect 1 in 100 people. It affects both men and women equally and can start to appear from childhood onwards.
# 2 Vitiligo is infectious
This is definitely untrue and is often the reason why vitiligo sufferers in some parts of the world can experience much prejudice and are often isolated from society. Vitiligo is in no way contagious and cannot be spread from person to person.
# 3 Vitiligo cannot be cured
It is true that there is no cure for vitiligo, but that does not mean that it can’t be treated and managed successfully. There are a number of possible treatments for vitiligo and these range from the use of camouflage make-up to disguise any white patches to complete depigmentation of the skin to make any remaining ‘normal’ skin go white.
One treatment that is proving very effective in the management of vitiligo is Melanocyte Transplantation. Offered by leading vitiligo expert Dr Mulekar, it works by restoring pigmentation by transferring normal cells from one part of the body, unaffected by the condition, to the affected skin.
The cells are removed from the donor site and the melanocytes are separated out. These are then formed into a solution that is sprayed on to the depigmented skin. Over a period of time that can last a couple of months to a year, the patient will see repigmentation of the skin. In the treatment of segmented vitiligo, Dr Mulekar has recorded up to a 94 per cent success rate.
The effectiveness of vitiligo treatments vary from patient to patient from slowing down the progression of depigmentation to completely restoring the affected skin back to normal. Dr Mulekar will be available for consultation and treatment at Wimpole Aesthetics in May. However, if you have any queries regarding Dr Mulekar and the treatment he offers, get in touch with one of the team on 020 72224 2247 now and we can address these with Dr Mulekar’s help.