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Cultured and non-cultured melanocyte transplantation are two types of surgical treatments for stable vitiligo.
Stable vitiligo refers to the absence of new patches or enlargement of existing patches for at least 6 months to 3 years according to different guidelines globally.
The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and can take several hours, depending on the size and location of the area being treated. Patients may experience some discomfort and redness following the procedure, but this typically resolves within a few days. The transplanted melanocytes will start producing pigment within a few weeks after starting photo therapy, and full results can be seen within several months.
The advantage of cultured melanocyte transplantation is that it can be used to treat larger areas of depigmented skin, as a larger number of melanocytes can be produced in the lab. However, the procedure is more time-consuming and expensive than non-cultured melanocyte transplantation.
Both non-cultured and cultured melanocyte transplantation have shown promising results in the treatment of stable vitiligo. However, it is important to note that the procedure may not be effective for everyone, and there is a risk of complications such as infection, scarring, and hyperpigmentation. Patients should discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with a dermatologist before undergoing treatment.
The NCMT procedure involves taking a small sample of healthy pigmented skin from the patient and using it to transplant melanocytes to the depigmented areas of the skin.
Patients with stable vitiligo who have not responded to other treatments are good candidates for NCMT.
Studies have shown that NCMT has a success rate of around 70% to 90%, with some patients experiencing complete repigmentation.
The NCMT procedure usually takes around 4 to 8 hours.
Local anesthesia is used to numb the donor and recipient areas, so patients usually do not experience any pain during the procedure.
Patients typically begin to see repigmentation within 2 to 3 months after the NCMT procedure.
While NCMT can provide long-lasting repigmentation, it is not considered a permanent solution for vitiligo.
The risks of NCMT are minimal, but may include infection, scarring, and hyperpigmentation.
The number of NCMT sessions required for full repigmentation varies from patient to patient and depends on the severity and extent of their vitiligo.
NCMT may be covered by insurance, but coverage can vary depending on the insurance provider and the patient’s specific policy. Patients should check with their insurance provider to determine coverage
At ARSHI SKIN AND HAIR CLINIC, SENIOR DERMATOLOGIST, DR.T.ANNAPURNA who has specialized in Vitiligo management, will devise the treatment protocol after thorough examination .She has performed Vitiligo surgeries on hundreds of patients in her decade spanning career and is world renowned for her success rate.
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