The first form of therapy generally tested by patients with vitiligo is steroid or immunomodulatory therapy. Many people also opt for natural treatments that in mild and medium cases can be very effective. Unfortunately, in some houses or in more serious cases, nothing seems to work, so doctors will recommend opting for the surgical route. However, not everyone can afford this, especially since most insurance companies will not cover this type of intervention. In addition, the surgery is not without risks and there is no guarantee of its effectiveness.
Vitiligo Surgical Intervention:
The main surgical interventions used for this are the skin grafting procedures. In these operations, the surgeon will remove part of the healthy skin from an unaffected area and place it in an affected area (that is, in a “white patch”). Then, ultraviolet light will be used so that the cells in the transplanted skin produce pigments to cover the surrounding area. Although in theory this is an ingenious procedure, it suffers from several limitations:
First, in some cases, the body will not accept the transplanted skin and reject it. Even when the transplant is successful, inflammation, irritation and dry skin tend to result. There are also cases in which the transplanted skin develops a cobbled appearance, which is very unsightly. In a small proportion of cases, the operation produces a trauma to the skin that actually ends up aggravating the vitiligo. There are several different procedures for skin grafting (eg, mini punch grafting, thin grafts of divided thickness and suction blister grafts), however, all suffer from the above-mentioned drawbacks. A different type of surgery involves growing pigment producing cells (melanocytes) in the laboratory and then transplanting them to the affected skin. However, this is a fairly new procedure, and its effectiveness and long-term safety is unknown.
For very small patches of affected skin, surgical tattoos can be used. In essence, this involves injecting a dye into the white patches of the skin. This dye will be chosen to be as close as possible to the natural color of the skin, although a perfect combination is impossible. The problem with this procedure is that normal skin will change color all the time according to exposure to sunlight; On the other hand, tattooed skin will not.
“Before opting for surgery, make sure you are aware of the limitations and risks involved”.
Make sure you have tried all the other options first, since surgery can cause irreversible damage. A safer option is to cure vitiligo holistically using a natural supplementation protocol along with changes in diet and lifestyle. For more information see the Gary Derek Vitiligo Body System.