Vitiligo is a condition that can cause pigmentation of the skin to light, leaving behind small to large areas of no pigmentation. These noticeable areas can be embarrassing for some patients, though the treatment of vitiligo can be difficult to determine for some of our patients. Instead, Dr. Jennifer Walden of Skintology Medspa may encourage New York, NY, area patients with vitiligo to consider vitiligo and scar camouflage services.
What is vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a unique skin condition that can cause the skin to lose pigmentation in small or large areas. The skin may appear lighter in color due to the loss of melanocytes, which are cells that produce pigment. The loss of pigment can occur on any area of the body and may even affect the eyes, hair, and mucous membranes.
Who is affected by vitiligo?
Vitiligo can affect people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. It is often seen first in childhood or early adulthood. Vitiligo affects about 0.5-1% of the world’s population.
What causes vitiligo?
The exact cause of vitiligo is unknown. It is thought to be caused an autoimmune disease, which means that the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells. There may also be a genetic and hereditary component to vitiligo, as it tends to run in families.
How does vitiligo and scar camouflage services work?
Dr. Jennifer Walden sees many patients with vitiligo who have been unsuccessful in finding a treatment that reverses the loss of pigmentation. In these situations, she may suggest special camouflage services. This is the placement of pigmentation in the areas where vitiligo has occurred to even the skin color and reduce the appearance of vitiligo. Essentially, this treatment is a type of tattoo that can help patients restore confidence and self-esteem.
Do you suffer from vitiligo?
If you are interested in recovering the pigmentation of the skin following vitiligo, you may be a good candidate for scar and vitiligo camouflage services at Skintology MedSpa. Dr. Jennifer Walden encourages patients in and around the New York, NY area to contact her office at 212-832-2225 to request an appointment at her facility to learn more about this and other cosmetic treatments available at her medical spa practice.