It is a skin condition that results in the loss of pigmentation of the skin resulting in white patches that feel as if it is part of the skin. Exact cause of vitiligo is not clear but it is believed to be an autoimmune disease, which means that there is abnormal immune response to normal body part. Sometimes, trauma to skin can also result in the development of vitiligo. Vitiligo (leukoderma/white spot) generally affects the face, hands & feet, elbows and genital area.
These white patches of Vitiligo appear on different parts of the body, because melanocytes (the cells which are responsible to form melanin pigment) of skin are destroyed or stop functioning.The effect is more striking and disfiguring in individuals with dark skin types (like we Indians).
The exact cause of vitiligo is still not known, it can be associated with autoimmune, neural, genetic, oxidative stress, or viral causes.
There are 3 types of treatment for Vitiligo:
Commonly asked FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) about “Non-cultured Melanocyte transfer” procedure are:
What different types of surgery for Vitiligo are available?
Vitiligo surgery aims to restore of normal pigmented skin through surgical means, which can be:
What types of Vitiligo patches are best suited for “Non-cultured Melanocyte transfer” treatment?
Stable Patches not spreading for past 3-6 months are treatable by Non-cultured Melanocyte transfer. Even large areas of white patches can be treated by this method.
Do you need anaesthesia for this surgery?
The procedure is done under either Local Anaesthesia or General Anesthesia.
How long does this treatment take?
The duration of the surgery depends upon the size of area being treated. Usually it takes 2-3 hours. The dressing is removed after 7 days.
When do the results start showing up?
The earliest pigmentation starts within 4 weeks of surgery and the significant repigmentation is noticed in 3-5 months.
Is it a type of plastic surgery?
Yes, it is a type of Plastic & Cosmetic surgery. In this procedure, after taking skin from the healthy donor area of body, its epidermal layer containing melanocytes is separated using various solutions; and then this non-cultured melanocytic suspension is transplanted over the dermabraded depigmented site.
Are there any dietary restrictions?
No, dietary restrictions are required for this treatment.
Any side effects of this Vitiligo surgery treatment?
Non-cultured melanocyte suspension transplantation is a very safe treatment for stable Vitiligo. It has no significant side effects, provided it is done by fully trained and expert Plastic & Cosmetic surgeon like Dr Satya Saraswat and done at a proper Operation Theatre after taking all aseptic precautions. At present it is the most advanced treatment available for Vitiligo.
Meeting with Dr satya is just like talking to an old friend..very war hearted person and explained the procedure with utmost details. Never had any apprehensions regarding surgery...... Was an experience and have gained confidence in myself Regarding my looks and would recommend everyone whosoever is planning or even thinking about it..... Please go ahead in the guidance and care of Dr.satya Saraswat.. ;-).........- Dr. Anurag -