How to treat vitiligo and what causes it?
Vitiligo is a chronic skin disease, the main symptom of which is a violation of pigmentation. It does not hurt and usually does not cause any harm to the human body (unless it is the result of another disease). However, the psychological discomfort, complexes and mental difficulties that can arise as a result of the severe vitiligo, give reasons to make every effort possible to, at least, minimize the disease visibility on the skin.
According to statistics, vitiligo affects about 2% of the world’s population. The disease usually appears at a young age – before 25 – and most often seen in the form of white spots on the arms, legs, face and groin area. And, unlike the common myth, it can affect a person with any skin color.
Causes of vitiligo
The reality is that scientists and physicians, unfortunately, have not yet been able to definitively determine the causes of this autoimmune disease. Among the theories, there are several variants: damage to the nervous, immune or endocrine systems and genetic predisposition.
And yet a wider range of factors can provoke vitiligo – from environmental disasters (for example, the explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant) to pathologies of the thyroid and pancreas or even stress and intoxication. Therefore, we can not be 100% sure of its treatment success, unfortunately. However, modern science can already offer a number of effective tools that can reduce or even completely eliminate the symptoms of vitiligo on the skin.
Methods and means of vitiligo treatment
One of the best solutions in the fight against vitiligo is considered to be laser treatment, which has been actively used in Ukraine for many years. And recently, the world’s most powerful laser platform Harmony XL Pro from Alma manufacturer appeared in Ukraine. It is used in the Aesthetic Medicine Clinic of Dr. Myroslava Novosilska. It is one of the many state-of-the-art modules of this laser platform that allows to combat the symptoms of such skin diseases as vitiligo effectively. Follow the link to read more about the conditions of laser treatment of vitiligo.
We are talking about the UVB 320 High Power module – a source of high-power ultraviolet radiation of 270-380 nm. Today, UVB radiation is considered one of the most effective tools in combating the symptoms of vitiligo on the skin. The UVB 320 High Power module has already proved its effective performance.
In order to provide a comprehensive and most effective approach in the treatment of vitiligo, specialists of the Aesthetic Medicine Clinic of Dr. Myroslava Novosilska also use a portable system 308 Excimer, which works by the principle of intensive monochromatic UVB therapy. It is based on the generation of a wavelength of 308 nm, which most accurately reproduces the wavelength of the excimer laser. Narrowband ultraviolet light therapy is now considered an effective method of treating vitiligo with the least side effects. With the selective use of UVB radiation on the damaged areas, the surrounding healthy tissue does not get affected in any way and remains protected. At the same time it is possible to restore pigment effectively in the areas damaged by vitiligo.
The procedure is absolutely comfortable for patients, it does not require anesthesia and rehabilitation period. For you to achieve the best result, the specialists of Aesthetic Medicine Clinic of Dr. Myroslava Novosilska will develop an optimal plan of procedures for you, which will take into account all individual features and wishes.