If you have areas of skin that are significantly lighter than the surrounding skin, you may have vitiligo. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers diagnostic and treatment services for vitiligo to help children, adolescents and adults who live in in Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition that causes your skin to lose color from loss of pigment cells. The skin that is affected appears much lighter than the surrounding skin. A person may develop patches over any part of their body, either limited or extensive in the amount of skin involved. While vitiligo can be aesthetically troubling disease, it doesn’t affect your overall health.
Benefits of Vitiligo Treatment
When vitiligo is treated successfully, the normal skin color returns. Since the white patches of vitiligo can be embarrassing and affects one’s psyche, this successful treatment can restore confidence and one’s sense of well-being.
How Do I Know If I Need Vitiligo Treatment?
Vitiligo is not a medical concern, so opting for treatment is a personal choice. If you are diagnosed with vitiligo, you may want to have treatment to feel more comfortable socially and emotionally.
What to Expect from Vitiligo Treatment
Topical medications such as steroids, tacrolimus and pimecrolims are the usual first line treatments for patients with vitiligo. These treatments are very easy and safe. But when these treataments don’t work, Dermatologists of Birmingham offers treatment with the XTRAC® laser. The XTRAC® laser system uses focused UVB light energy to target the skin affected by vitiligo. The surrounding skin and tissues are not affected by the laser energy due to the difference in skin color. In clinical studies, patients experienced a significant reduction in vitiligo after 30 treatments, each treatment spaced out twice a week.
Treating vitiligo is a gradual process, and your dermatologist will explain the anticipated results during the consultation.
How Much Does Vitiligo Treatment Cost in Birmingham?
Because vitiligo does not pose a health risk, treatment with XTRAC® laser may not be covered by your insurance. We will determine your estimated out-of-pocket expenses after the consultation when we have the details of your vitiligo treatment plan. For your convenience, we offer several payment options, including cash, checks, major credit cards and financing.
White patches on the skin may be caused by vitiligo. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers vitiligo treatment with the XTRAC® laser system, the most advanced technology available for vitiligo treatment. Contact us today to schedule your consultation with one of our qualified dermatologists.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.