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Surgical Treatment Of Vitiligo

Surgical Treatment Of VitiligoThere are various treatment for vitiligo,but when it comes to the surgical treatment,Current there are couple of surgical treatments for vitiligo include skin grafts, Micropigmentation (tattooing), and melanocyte transplants.

The doctors and researchers has proved that every surgical therapies must be viewed as experimental because their effectiveness and side effects remain to be completely defined.

Autologous skin grafts: In this procedure , the doctor removes skin from one area of a patient's body and transplant it to another area. This type of skin translpant is sometimes used for patients with small patches of vitiligo. The doctor removes parts of the normal , pigmented skin (donor sites) and put them on the depigmented areas (recipient sites). There are several possible complications of autologous skin grafting. Treatment with grafting takes time and is costly, and most people find it neither acceptable nor affordable.

Autologous melanocyte transplants: it is somehow a risky surgical cells transplant.So in this procedure, the doctor gotta takes a sample of the patient's normally pigmented skin and put it in a laboratory dish which containing a special cell culture solution to grow melanocytes. When the melanocytes in the culture solution have increased, then the doctor transplants them to the patient's depigmented skin patches. This procedure is currently experimental and is impractical for the routine care of people with petients have to make a hard choice before take Autologous melanocyte transplants.

Micropigmentation (tattooing): which only focus on Tattooing implants pigment into the skin with a special surgical instrument. This procedure works best at the lip area, particularly in people with dark skin. However, it is difficult for the doctor to accuratly messure the color of the skin of the surrounding area. Tattooing are likely to fade over time. In addition, tattooing of the lips may lead to episodes of blister outbreaks caused by the herpes simplex virus.

Skin grafts using blisters: when it comes to the skin grafts using blisters, we must pay enough attention to its procedure, so in this procedure, the doctor creates blisters on the patient's pigmented skin by using heat, suction, or freezing cold. Meanwhile, at the top of the blisters are then cut out and transplanted to a depigmented skin area. The risks of blister grafting include the development of a cobblestone appearance, scarring, and lack of repigmentation. However, there is less risk of scarring with this procedure than with other types of grafting.


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