Best Vitiligo Dermatologist In Fort Lauderdale
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a condition when the cells that produce skin pigment (melanocytes) are destroyed. Once the cells are destroyed, they no longer produce melanin, leaving the skin lighter in appearance.
Vitiligo presents itself anywhere on the body, but mainly on areas of skin exposed to the sun. Vitiligo is not a contagious condition, and it cannot be transferred from one person to the next.
What Causes Vitiligo?
It is still unclear what is the direct cause of vitiligo. Research studies show that genetic history does not play a role; however, a genetic history of autoimmune disease could increase your risk.
It is believed that rare cases of extreme stress, sunburn, or trauma to the skin could possibly play a role in the condition.
Vitiligo is treated to prevent the spread of the condition and, if possible, restore pigment to the skin. During your consultation, your dermatologist will discuss your personal treatment options and decide which may be the best fit for you.
Conventional treatments and therapies for vitiligo include:
- Repigmentation therapy
- Topical corticosteroids
- Laser therapies
- Skin grafting
- Oral medications
- UVB therapies
Research is ongoing when it comes to treatment for vitiligo, given its somewhat mysterious cause. Understanding one's own triggers and genetic history gives credible insight into your physician's diagnosis and treatment plan.
Schedule A Consultation
Galt Dermatology serves both men and women of all ages in the Fort Lauderdale area. Trust your skin health to our dedicated team and to our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Villacorta. To schedule your initial consultation, please call our office at 954-463-5406 or schedule your appointment online.