What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a a non contagious, non fatal disease process that causes pigment loss in patches of the skin. The patches of the skin affected become white and commonly have distinct boarders. The hair from the affected areas may turn white and may display itself inside the mouth and ears. It is most noticeable in people with darker skin types and commonly results in psychological stress.
Types of Vitiligo
There are three types of vitiligo; generalized, segmental, and localized. The generalized type often takes on a mirrored effect in the body displaying itself symmetrically. The segmental type generally occurs around age ten just progressing for a year or two. Lastly, there is the localized type which only affects a few areas of the body.
What causes Vitiligo?
The cause is unknown. However, it is believed to be due to genetic susceptibility that is triggered by an environmental factor such that autoimmune disease occurs. This results in the destruction of pigment cells, vitiligo.
Vitiligo is easily camouflaged with medical tattooing. The results are immediate and greatly improve patients self confidence. A pigment is formulated to match your skin tone and then gently implanted into the skin to camouflage the vitiligo.