Vitiligo is a condition in which pigment producing cells are destroyed, creating white patches on the skin. Various areas can be involved including face, neck, eyes, nostrils, navel, genitals, groin, armpits, and the retina of the eyes. It can appear at sites of injuries such as cuts, scrapes and burns. This condition is found in approximately 1% of the population. Most people with Vitiligo are otherwise in good health.The cause of Vitiligo is not known, however, there are four theories regarding this condition:
- Nerve cells functioning abnormally may injure nearby pigment producing cells.
- Autoimmune reaction may occur in which the body may destroy is own tissue.
- Pigment producing cells in vitiligo sufferers may be self destructive.
- Genetic factor may cause pigment producing cells to be susceptible to injury.
Until now, the only effective treatment for Vitiligo has been light treatments, specifically localized UVB. Today, the XTRAC Velocity™ Laser is utilized to deliver a specific light wavelength into affected areas, thereby stimulating repigmentation of the skin. This has been a dramatic improvement in treating this condition. Early studies of this approach have shown that a high percentage of subjects demonstrated a good degree of success.
Ask your dermatologist if you are a candidate for treatment with the Xtrac Velocity™ Laser.