Vitiligo

Vitiligo
Procedures

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Vitiligo
Camouflage

For Vitiligo we use micropigmentation to implant bespoke pigment colours so the area looks the same as the surrounding skin. This process is often called Skin Camouflage.

What we offer

The best solution

Skin Camouflage and Medical Micropigmentation is more widely known and recognised by doctors and medical facilities. Micropigmentation is now being recommended as one of the best treatments available for Vitiligo sufferers. Micropigmentation stays in the skin for 2 to 3 years and if you choose a specialist correctly the skin tone match can be very close to the skin surrounding the affected area.

The process

Before proceeding with micropigmentation to conceal Vitiligo you MUST have a Skin Tone Patch Test. During the patch test we will mix several pigment shades to match your skin tone and apply to a test area of skin. 4 to 8 weeks is then required for the patch test results to be seen. Once a colour (specially mixed for your skin tone) has been decided the treatment course can go ahead. On average and as a guide, 2 to 4 treatment sessions per area are required dependent on how your skin accepts the pigment.

Aftercare

Aftercare for this treatment plays a big part in its success. 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 each treatment session. Prolonged protection of the skin to sunlight should also be adhered to as this in itself can cause Vitiligo in the skin.

Skin Patch Test (SPT)

A Skin Patch Test plays an important role in determining the pigment colours to use to match your skin colour and tone. Skin patch tests are usually performed at the initial consultation. At least 4 to 6 weeks is required to see the results, then the course of treatments sessions can start. For skin patch test cost see HERE.

Pigments and colour mixing

For skin camouflage procedures we mix bespoke pigment colours tailored to each clients skin tone and colour. The skin is not one colour therefore we mix several colours and apply in a series dots to mimic the natural look of the skin. We adopt the latest skin camouflage techniques and have 20+ years experience mixing colours to match skin tones.

What makes us different?

Candice Watson

Candice Watson performs all procedures to the highest of standards. Candice has almost 30 years experience and is a true micropigmentation expert.

Best Equipment

We use the best micropigmentation machines, needles and pigments to ensure the best results.

Skin Patch Test

A Skin Patch Test (SPT) is required before a medical micropigmentation treatment is performed. SPTs are essential to show the correct colour application to match surrounding skin.

Important

Patients suffering from Vitiligo should be aware that the best results are achieved when the area surrounding the treatment area is as natural in colour as possible i.e. on skin with no sun tan. The patch test is also best applied to natural skin. 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 they are expelled from the skin over 2 to 3 years. It is our goal to match the area affected by vitiligo to the natural skin colour as perfectly as possible. Following the treatment the treated area will not tan so minimal sun exposure must be applied especially if the treated area is in an obvious position.

When choosing a specialist for treatment of vitiligo, make sure you choose a professionally trained in this field. Micropigmentation for Vitiligo is NOT the same as the process for Semi Permanent Makeup, as a number of varying coloured pigments are applied to match the varying colours within the skin.

Information on Skin Camouflage

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What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a skin disorder 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 Vitiligo, ranging from Autoimmune Conditions to Segmental Vitiligo (caused by chemicals released from nerve endings to the skin). About 20% of Vitiligo can be congenital (passed down from a family member) there are also various conditions that can trigger vitiligo such as:

  • Stressful events (even childbirth)
  • Damage to the skin through cuts burns or severe sunburn
  • Exposure to certain chemicals.

Please note: Vitiligo cannot be passed from one person to another i.e. it is not infectious.

Possible other treatments

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 may include:

  • Sun safety advice
  • Topical cortisone steroids
  • Camouflage make up creams (stay for 24 hours and are waterproof)
  • Photo-therapy (light treatment)
  • Skin grafts
  • Depigmentation
  • Vitamin D treatment
  • Complimentary therapies

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