Have you noticed patches on your skin or areas of hair that are completely colorless? This condition, known as vitiligo, is characterized by the loss of skin pigmentation in patches. Although there's no cure for vitiligo at present, Metro Dermatology is equipped with a variety of treatment options to help manage the discoloration and improve the appearance of affected areas.

At Metro Dermatology, our mission is to provide top-notch dermatological care, helping you to achieve and maintain healthy, glowing skin. To learn more about how we can assist you or to schedule a consultation in Elmhurst, Flushing, Fort Lee, or the Bronx, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Understanding Vitiligo

Vitiligo involves the depigmentation of skin and hair, leading to noticeable white patches. The pattern and pace of pigment loss vary greatly among individuals.

Despite being non-life-threatening, vitiligo can significantly affect an individual's self-esteem and emotional well-being. Individual vitiligo patches are also without protection from harmful ultraviolet rays. Fortunately, Metro Dermatology offers an array of treatment solutions aimed at restoring pigmentation or evening out the skin tone, helping patients regain confidence in their appearance.

What Causes Vitiligo to Form?

The color of the hair, skin, and eyes is determined by a pigment called melanin. Vitiligo occurs when the cells that produce melanin in a particular area of the body begin to die off or cease normal functioning. As these cells stop producing melanin, the affected area begins to lose all of its colors.

While the exact cause of vitiligo is unknown, it is thought to be connected to two factors:

  • Genetic predisposition
  • The presence of autoimmune diseases, including Hashimoto’s disease and alopecia

How can Metro Dermatology Help?

At Metro Dermatology, our dedicated team of dermatologists and physician assistants uses their years of experience to help manage cases of living with vitiligo. Before beginning treatment, patients must schedule a consultation appointment with a member of our medical staff. During this consultation, one of our experts will ask prospective patients about their current state of health and past family medical history. A physical exam will also be conducted. If our specialists cannot identify the source of your discoloration using these methods, additional tests may be administered.

Once a patient has been diagnosed with vitiligo, we will assess their individual case and determine which treatment options work best for their treatment goals and health.

Metro Dermatology is proud to offer comprehensive dermatological care for patients of all skin types, backgrounds, and ethnicities. Our experienced staff members speak a combined total of 11 languages, allowing us to communicate effectively with all of our patients. Contact our practice today for more information about our vitiligo treatments, or to schedule a consultation appointment.

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