The treatment for Vitiligo can be estimated based on the depigmentation of the skin and the ability to restore the normal appearance of the skin colour. The Vitiligo treatment consists of a number of techniques, such as the light therapy, the systemic steroids, de-pigmentation, and even surgery. Traditional treatments include therapies with steroids and UVA light (PUVA), whereas contemporary treatments consist of the narrowband UVB light, antioxidants and oral corticosteroids. In addition, natural supplements can also be used to avoid additional spreading of the skin condition. The effects may not always be permanent, but such treatments can constantly help to control the further propagation of the skin condition.
When should you expect results and how long does it take to treat vitiligo?
The principal rule of any treatment is that you need to be vey patient and allow a minimum of three to six months before the results are visible. Also, in the case of re-pigmentation, the skin tends to depend on the appropriate combination of the treatments, such as the use of UVB light therapy and topical creams can easily help to recover the normal pigmentation of the skin. For some patients though, the results may not be visible before 8 months or even more, as the treatment varies for different individuals and also on the severity of the skin condition. Therefore, the best method to see effective results quickly, is to use a combination of treatments.
What is Narrowband UVB & how it treats vitiligo?
The narrowband UVB is actually considered as the “gold standard” treatment in the case of Vitiligo and is one the most effective and rationalized way to ensure the re-pigmentation of the skin. This is considered as being the most appropriate treatment, especially when Vitiligo has affected 20% or more body surface area. Phototherapy helps to mark and treat the affected body zones without causing any side effects.
The phototherapy sessions usually consist of a unit which is used to emit rays of the Narrowband UVB directly onto the affected skin area. The treatment session can normally last for only a few minutes and can be carried out several times in a week. Your patients can also continue their Vitiligo treatment at home by the use of more user-friendly and easy to use units, such as the Dermalight 80 comb.
PUVA therapy is also another mode of treatment of Vitiligo which has proven to work efficiently in the re-pigmentation of the skin. However, it may entail several drawbacks such as light sensitivity reactions, nausea, and in some cases, even long-term skin cancer. Thereby, making the narrowband UVB light therapy much safer and effective as compared to other means of treatment.
Phototherapy is normally well suited for children and adults alike, and it has been proven, medically certified and tested free of any risk of skin cancer or any other related complications.