Vitiligo is a skin disorder that is caused by a lack of skin pigment called Melanin. Melanin is what is produced by the skin cells to provide your skin with its colour. When Vitiligo occurs the skin has white patches in areas either small or large and this can spread throughout the body and can also shift from one area to another.
It is not quite clear why this happens but there are several different types of Vitaligo, ranging from Autoimmune conditions to segmental vitiligo (caused by chemicals released from nerve endings to the skin. Apart from about 20% of vitiligo that can be congenital (passed down from a family member) there are also various things that can trigger vitiligo such as:
Stressful events (even childbirth)
Damage to the skin through cuts burns or severe sunburn
Exposure to certain chemicals.
Contrary to some peoples belief you cannot catch vitiligo from another
person who has the condition, it is not infectious.
When first diagnosed with vitiligo your GP can recommend a variety of treatments, none of which can be guaranteed to work or solve the problem. These treatments will include but not limited to:
Sun safety advice
Topical cortisone steroids
Camouflage make up creams (stay for 24 hours and are waterproof)
Photo-therapy (light treatment)
Vitamin D treatment
However, now that skin camouflage and medical micropigmentation has become more widely known and recognised by doctors and medical facilities this treatment is now being recommended and also advised that it is one of the best treatments available for vitiligo sufferers in the fact that it works, it stays for long periods of time and if you choose a specialist correctly the skin tone match can be very close to your one exact skin tone.
For treating Vitiligo with skin camouflage micropigmentation you MUST have a skin tone patch test and leave between 4-8 weeks before the full results of the colour can be seen. Once a colour (specially mixed and prescripted for you skin tone) has been decided the treatments can go ahead. You may be looking at 2-4 sessions per area dependent on how your skin accepts the pigment.
The aftercare for this treatment plays a big part in its success so avoiding sun and any chlorinated water for at least 4 weeks is important, also any heat or steam treatments must be avoided for the first 5 days after the treatment. Prolonged protection of the skin to sunlight should also be adhered to as this in itself can cause vitiligo in the skin. When choosing your specialist for treatment of vitiligo, make sure they are professionally trained in this field as this is NOT the same as Semi Permanent Makeup treatments as a number of varying coloured pigments are applied to match the varying colours within the skin. Semi Permanent Makeup uses one pigment colour for most treatments.
A Skin Patch Test (SPT) is required for all of our Medical Micropigmentation treatments including Scar Camouflage.
Skin Patch Tests play an important role in determining the pigment colours to mix to match your skin colour and tone. Skin Patch Tests are usually performed at the initial consultation and at least 4-6 weeks must be allowed after the patch test before a course of treatments can start.
Consultations are free however a charge is applicable for the patch test.
Exclusive Aesthetic mix bespoke pigment colours tailored to each client’s skin tone and colour. The skin is not one colour therefore we mix a variety of colours and apply in a series of different coloured dots to mimic the natural look of the skin.
We adopt the latest techniques for Medical Micropigmentation and our Vitiligo procedure based on 20+ years of research at mixing colours to match skin tones.
Vitiligo patients also need to be aware thatoptimal results are acvhieved by the skin being as natural in colour as possible. Best results are achieved on skin with no sun tan. The patch test is also best applied to natural skin. Tanned skin can affect the prescriptive skin tone pigments. Tanned skin changes colour depending on exposure to the sun however micropigmentation pigments and scar camouflage pigments do not change colour, they fade over time as the are semi permanent and due to the depth they are inserted, however pigments can never match a changing skin tone.
Remember it is our goal to match the scar to the natural skin colour perfectly or as perfectly as possible.
Following the treatment the reverse will also apply as the treated area will not tan so minimal sun exposure must be applied especially if the scarred area is in an obvious position.
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