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Vitiligo is a skin disorder that causes the loss of skin pigmentation in patches, resulting in white patches or spots on the skin. It is a chronic condition that affects approximately 1% of the world’s population, and can occur at any age, gender, or ethnicity. Vitiligo is not contagious and does not pose any serious health risks, but it can have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem and quality of life.
Surgical methods of treatment:
Ultra-thin grafting for vitiligo surgery is a procedure where small pieces of skin with pigmentation are removed from a donor site and transplanted to the affected areas of skin with vitiligo.
Ultra-thin grafting involves the removal of much smaller pieces of skin than traditional skin grafting, resulting in less scarring and a quicker healing time.
Patients with stable vitiligo who have not responded well to other treatments may be good candidates for ultra-thin grafting. Candidates must also have enough healthy skin at the donor site to provide the necessary skin grafts.
The length of the procedure depends on the size and number of areas being treated. Generally, the procedure can take anywhere from 2-4 hours.
Patients are given local anesthesia during the procedure, so they should not feel any pain during the procedure. Some discomfort may be felt during the recovery period.
Patients can expect to take about 1-2 weeks off from work or school to recover. Full recovery can take up to 4-6 weeks.
Because ultra-thin grafting involves removing smaller pieces of skin, scarring is minimal. Any scarring that does occur is typically much less noticeable than with traditional skin grafting.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved with ultra-thin grafting, such as infection or bleeding. However, these risks are relatively low when the procedure is performed by a skilled surgeon.
The results of ultra-thin grafting are generally permanent, although some fading may occur over time,if the condition of Vitiligo becomes unstable. Patients may need touch-up treatments in the future.
Before the procedure, patients should avoid smoking and stop taking any blood-thinning medications. They should also arrange for someone to drive them home after the procedure and have someone available to help them during the initial recovery period.
After 7-10 days post surgery, photo-therapy treatment is started to initiate re-pigmentation process. Patients start noticing small spots of re-pigmentation appearing around 2-4 weeks after photo-therapy. It often takes around 6 months to see the maximum re-pigmentation. Sometimes touch up sessions are required after 6 months.
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.
THE CENTRES ARE WELL EQUIPPED WITH FULL BODY CHAMBERS AND HAND AND FOOT PANELS FOR OPTIMUM TREATMENT.
FOR PATIENTS WHO CANNOT PAY REGUALR VISITS TO THE CLINIC,A CUSTOMIZED HOME CARE NARROW BAND UVB DEVICE IS PROVIDED ALONG WITH TREATMENT PROTOCOL AND USAGE INSTRUCTIONS.