Exceptional Vitiligo Treatment in Lahore At Cosmetique Clinic
Vitiligo is a skin condition that causes the loss of pigmentation in patches, resulting in a distinct white appearance. While it’s not a life-threatening condition, it can be distressing for those who are affected by it. Fortunately, with advancements in medical science, there are various treatment options available to manage and even reverse the effects of vitiligo. One such place where you can find exceptional vitiligo treatment in Lahore is the Cosmetique Clinic. With a team of experienced dermatologists and state-of-the-art technology, Cosmetique Clinic offers personalized and effective treatment options for vitiligo that are tailored to the unique needs of each patient.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a skin-related condition in which the skin loses its natural color. Resulting in white patches or white spots due to disrupted melanocytes. Vitiligo can affect any body part, but it commonly appears on the face, neck, hands, and arms. It can occur at any age but most commonly develops before age 20. Vitiligo can be classified into non-segmental and segmental. Non-segmental vitiligo is a common form, and it symmetrically affects both sides of the body. Segmental vitiligo is less common and affects only one side of the body. However, luckily vitiligo is treatable. Many clinics in Pakistan treat this problem however, Cosmetique clinic is one of the best clinic’s providing exceptional vitiligo treatment in Lahore, under the supervision of certified dermatologists.
What Are The Causes Of Vitiligo?
Some of the proposed causes of vitiligo include:
- Autoimmune disorder: Vitiligo is an immune system disorder in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks itself and destroys the melanocytes(pigment-producing cells) in the skin.
- Genetics: Vitiligo may be inherited in some cases, and there is a higher risk of developing the condition if a family member has it.
- Trauma or injury: Some people develop vitiligo after an injury or trauma to the skin, such as a burn, cut, or tattoo.
- Oxidative stress: Research suggests that an imbalance between free radicals and the body’s ability to neutralize them may contribute to the development of vitiligo.
- Hormonal changes: Some people report that their vitiligo symptoms worsen during hormonal changes, such as pregnancy or menopause.
Environmental factors: Some researchers believe that exposure to certain chemicals or toxins may trigger vitiligo in some people.
Common Signs And Symptoms Of Vitiligo
Several possible symptoms of vitiligo may occur. If you are facing one or a combination of mentioned symptoms consult a certified skin specialist to experience the best vitiligo treatment in Pakistan. These symptoms include:
- Premature graying of hair: This can occur in people with vitiligo, even young people.
- Loss of color in the mucous membranes: This can occur in people with vitiligo, causing the inside of the mouth, nose, and genitals to become lighter.
- Sunburn reaction: People with vitiligo may experience sunburn more quickly in the affected areas, as they have less melanin to protect their skin from UV rays.
- Itchiness and burning sensation: Some people with vitiligo may experience itchiness or burning sensation in the affected areas.
Emotional and psychological effects: Many people with vitiligo may experience emotional and psychological distress, such as depression, anxiety, and stress. They may also face social stigma and discrimination and feel self-conscious about their skin appearance.
Available Treatment Options For Vitiligo
These vitiligo treatment options aim to reduce color variation between affected and unaffected areas of the skin. The right option for vitiligo treatment depends on the size, number, and location of white skin patches. Only a professional dermatologist such as at our Cosmetique clinic can determine the most safe and best vitiligo treatment in Lahore. Some common treatments are:
What Treatments Do We Offer in Our Cosmetique Clinic For Vitiligo Patients?
Light Therapy / Phototherapy (PUVA & Narrow Band UltraViolet B):
Narrow-band UVB therapy involves exposing the affected areas of skin to a specific wavelength of UVB light, usually 311-313 nm. This vitiligo treatment uses a special UVB lamp and it is more effective and safer than broad-band UVB therapy. It is effective in repigmenting the skin and slowing the condition’s progression. It is the latest vitiligo treatment option in the world today, which is now available at Cosmetique clinic.
Melanocyte pigment transplant:
One of the most advanced and delicate vitiligo treatment options is to transplant pigmented skin cells called melanocytes to depigmented areas. Once transplanted, they start making the absent color in the white patches. Only a few surgeons are performing such sophisticated surgery in Pakistan. We are proud to say that Cosmetique clinic is one of those few. Our dermatologists have treated many vitiligo patients and are considered one of the best clinic’s in Pakistan for providing the best vitiligo treatment in Lahore.
Topical corticosteroids and Topical immunomodulators:
It is also known as psoralen and ultraviolet A (PUVA) therapy. It is a treatment for vitiligo that combines a medication called psoralen with exposure to ultraviolet A (UVA) light. Psoralen is a medication that makes the skin more sensitive to light. When taken orally or applied topically, it makes the skin more responsive to UVA light. This combination of psoralen and UVA light can help to repigment the affected areas of skin, restoring color to the white patches. The skin is then exposed to UVA light from a special lamp or natural sunlight. The length of treatment and the number of sessions required can vary depending on the case.
PUVA therapy is generally a safe and effective vitiligo treatment option but can have side effects such as sunburn, itching, and nausea. In rare cases, long-term use of PUVA therapy can increase the risk of skin cancer and other skin conditions, so requires regular monitoring.
A depigmentation is a treatment option for patients suffering from extensive vitiligo, where more than 50% of the body is affected. The goal of depigmentation is to even out the skin’s color by lightening the skin’s unaffected areas to match the white patches caused by vitiligo. The most commonly used treatment for depigmentation is monobenzone cream. It inhibits the production of melanin, the pigment that gives color to the skin. The cream is applied to the unaffected areas of the skin twice a day, and treatment usually takes several months to complete.
Frequently Asked Questions About Vitiligo Treatment
About only 0.5 to 1% of people in the world have vitiligo. It can affect men, women, children, and everyone alike. However, it is more evident in people with darker skin complexion. It seems more common in people with autoimmune disorders such as pernicious anemia, alopecia areata, adrenocortical insufficiency, and hyperthyroidism.
No, only local anesthesia is given during the surgery to relieve pain and discomfort.
The vitiligo treatment cost in Pakistan for melanocyte transplant surgery depends on the area of white patches on the skin. However, it starts from Rs 40,000 onwards at Cosmetique clinic. Keep in mind that vitiligo surgery is usually a last resort after other failed treatments. And it may not be suitable for everyone. Therefore, it’s important to consult a dermatologist specializing in treating vitiligo to determine if surgery is an appropriate treatment option for you and estimate the cost.