VITILIGO TREATMENT: MICROPIGMENTATION

 

WHAT IS MICROPIGMENTATION

Micropigmentation is a technology where colors are filled in superficial layers of skin. They are natural colours . Put into skin with help of a machine. The colours remain there for around 12 to 24 months.

HOW MICROPIGMENTATION DIFFERENT FROM TATTOO

Tattoo colours have metals in them. Colours used in micropigmentation are natural. Also the needle width is too large in tattoo as compared to ones used in micropigmentation. Micro pigmentation needles are very fine.

Micropigmentation looks very natural as compared to a tattoo result.

IS IT PAINFUL

It’s done after local anesthesia, thus is rendered comfortable for person.

HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE REQUIRED?

Two sessions done a month apart.

FOR HOW LONG DOES THE COLOUR STAY

After the initial two sessions colour stays for 12 to 24 months. Post that a person requires a single touch up once every two months.

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS

The technology doesn’t have side effects. But almost similar colour match is important.

WHAT CAN MICROPIGMENTATION BE USED FOR

Micropigmentation can be used to cover vitiligo patches, scars, stretch marks, to give natural pink colour to dark lips.

HOW IS COLOR MATCHING DONE

It’s done by hit and trial. Various shades re mixed till one reaches the shade similar to person’s natural colour.

HOW MUCH TIME DOES IT TAKE

Time required depends upon the area to be covered. It can take somewhere between half an hour to three hours.

VITILIGO TREATMENT WITH MICROPIGMENTATION

WHAT ARE THE POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS

There might be little swelling and pain post procedure for few days. It goes off completely in few days.  A topical antibiotic and moisturizers are prescribed.

                    Micropigmentation Lips

CAN ANYBODY WITH VITILIGO GET IT DONE

No. In case vitiligo is active and still spreading. Then micropigmentation is not the answer. Micropigmentation is advised when vitiligo is stable i.e. no new patches have occurred since a year.

 

 

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                                              WHITE PATCHES ON SKIN: PITYRIASIS ALBA

White patches on skin a very common finding.  There can be various medical causes for it. Like pityriasis alba, fungus infection called  tinia versicolor, leprosy, P alba , vitiligo etc. What we are talking about in this article is Pityriasis alba. It usually affects young kids between 2 to 14 years of age.  Most of the tim it involves cheeks. Panic stricken moms approach me often misdiagnosing it as the dreaded white patch disease called vitiligo or fulvery (as it’s commonly called). Fret not, it’s nowhere near that.

CAUSES:

It’s just an indication that your kid is short of essential nutrients. It’s time to take your little one away from junk and push him towards healthy diet. Lack of essential nutrient in diet leads to white patches on skin.

 

Another hypothesis behind their occurrence is dry skin. Dry skin can be caused by taking frequent hot water showers. Reduce that if that is the scenario and switch to lukewarm water. Apply any good moisturizer twice a day. My recommendation would be Aveeno or Physiogel moisturizer. One can use any other good brand too.  Also use only SLS free sops like Dove. SLS: sodium laureth sulphate is a harsh chemical in soaps leaves skin dry.

 

Lastly, too much of sun exposure has been speculated as yet another cause. Apply sunscreens whenever out .Half a table spoon on entire face, to be replied after every three hours is recommended to get full protection. Yes, application of sunscreen is effective and is recommended safe by FDA for anyone post first 6 months of life. Use SPF(Sun protection factor ) 30.

TREATMENT:

Treatment primarily includes switching to healthier diet. Use of moisturizers and sunscreens to cater dry skin and excessive sun exposure respectively. Mild steroid creams prescribed by a dermatologist used for one or two weeks would help too to clear off the white patch sooner. These white patches are not communicable. They don’t spread by touch. They are asymptomatic. Patient doesn’t complain of itching or pain.

 

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