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Vitiligo

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Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that results in de-pigmentation of patches of skin. It is caused when melanocytes, the melanin producing cells, die or are unable to function.

At Divine Proportions, we understand that Vitiligo can result in low self-esteem and even frustration. Our qualified surgeons can help in reducing the visibility of the white patches and help you regain your confidence.

We provide the following procedures to treat Vitiligo:

  • Melanocyte Transplants
  • Suction Blister Grafting

 

  • Surgical procedures for Vitiligo treatments do not address the root cause of the disease. They help in camouflaging the de-pigmented areas.
  • Melanocyte transplantation is the most advanced and latest surgical treatment for Vitiligo.  In this procedure the Melanocytes from healthy area of skin are harvested and grown in a special cell culture solution in a laboratory dish. The multiplied melanocytes are transplanted to the damaged area of skin.  This is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia.
  • Suction Blister grafting procedure involves creating blisters on the pigmented area of skin using heat, suction, or freezing cold. The blisters thus formed are  cut out the roofs are transplanted to the de-pigmented area of skin.
  • Both Melanocyte transplantation and suction blister grafting procedures are outpatient procedures. And you can return to work the very next day.
  • Pigmentation can be observed in 3  to 4 months.
    Final results are seen in 5-6 months.
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You are a suitable candidate for Melanocyte transplantation or Suction blister grafting if vitiligo is in a stable condition.

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Frequently Asked questions

What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease which is characterized by white patches resulting from non-functioning of melanocytes.

What is the treatment for Vitiligo?

Vitiligo treatment can be approached in two ways, either the white patches can be re-pigmented or the rest of the pigmented skin can be de-pigmented. At Divine proportion we offer surgical re-pigmentation procedures such as Melanocyte transplantation or Suction blister grafting.

How long do I have to be in the hospital?

Melanocyte transplantation and Suction blister grafting are outpatient procedures. You will need to stay for a couple of hours.

When can I get back to work after the surgery?

The very next day.

What is the result of the surgery?

You can expect the white patches to regain pigmentation.

Will I have scars due to the surgery?

Scarring is a very minor possibility in Suction blister grafting procedure. There is no scarring in Melanocyte transplantation.

What are the expected risks?

As with any surgical procedure there may be a risk of infection.

How much does the surgery cost?

You surgeon will be able to give you an estimate after examining the extent of Vitiligo. 

How long does the surgery take?

Surgery takes about an hour.