Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition that produces white patches on the skin and can have a profound psychological effect on patients. Dr. Hellman, a board-certified dermatologist and active medical researcher, offers vitiligo treatments in NYC. As a leading medical and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Hellman offers a range of treatments that can help balance the skin tone of her vitiligo patients. If you want to learn more about Dr. Hellman’s treatments, contact Hellman Dermatology and book a consultation today.
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What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo affects close to 1% of the global population and the condition occurs when the body’s immune system targets and attacks the cells that are responsible for your skin color. These color-producing cells are called melanocytes and they produce melanin, the compound that gives our skin and hair their distinct tones.
This condition can affect any part of the body, including the face, hands, feet, lips, and mucous membranes (inside the mouth). Patients may also have gray or white hairs in the areas where the discoloration happens, but this is not always the case.
There are different types of vitiligo and various treatments available. If you want to find out about the alternatives you have available, contact a board-certified dermatologist in your area.
Types of Vitiligo
Vitiligo can be categorized into two different groups, Nonsegmental vitiligo and Segment vitiligo.
- Nonsegmental vitiligo: This is the most common type of vitiligo and it can appear on any part of the body.
- Segmental vitiligo: As the name suggests, segmental vitiligo only affects one part of the body, like a leg or arm, and is less common than nonsegmental cases.
The causes of vitiligo are still unknown, but there are therapies available that aim to restore the skin’s pigmentation and reduce the appearance of white patches throughout the body.
Symptoms Associated with Vitiligo
The symptoms associated with vitiligo include:
- White patches on the skin, these can vary in size, shape, or location.
- Premature graying of the hair.
- Loss of color inside the mouth, nostrils, and other membranes.
Treatments Available for Vitiligo
Even though vitiligo is not fully understood, patients have a variety of effective treatment options that can restore the skin’s natural color. However, each patient is different, so you need to work with a certified dermatologist that can diagnose the condition and create a customized treatment plan. Dr. Hellman treats Vitiligo with a few different topical creams. In some instances, she also uses the Morpheus8 radiofrequency device to treat the problem area.
Why Choose Dr. Hellman for Vitiligo Treatments in NYC?
Dr. Hellman is a renowned, board-certified dermatologist and leading cosmetic medicine expert in NYC. She specializes in treating hair, nail, and skin conditions like Vitiligo in New York through innovative approaches like laser procedures.
If you want to learn more about Dr. Hellman’s vitiligo treatments in NYC, contact Hellman Dermatology and book a consultation today.
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Written by Dr. Hellman on 3/13/2020
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