Dr. Vivekananda Bhat MBBS, MS., Consultant Cosmetic Surgeon. Having 14 years of Experience in Cosmetic Surgery
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FAQs

1. What type of patches can be treated ? 
Only stable vitiligo patches – patches that have stopped spreading can be treated.

2. How long does the treatment take ? 
It takes around 2-3 hours for the procedure to be performed.

3. When does pigmentation occur in patches ? 
It takes anywhere between 3 – 6 weeks for pigmentation to start after the procedure & around 3 months for the patch to cover up depending upon size of patch.

4. Is the pigmentation on the patch permanent ? 
Yes, in the absence of activation of the disease,96% of patients treated have not lost the pigmentation

5. Can lips and finger tips be treated? 
Yes it is possible to treat even difficult areaqs of the body like lips and fingers,with melanocyte transpant surgery.

6. Cost – Factor? 
Melanocyte transplantation though an advanced procedure is also a cost-effective treatment comparable to other modalities of treatment for vitiligo.

7. Is it Hereditary? 
Only 30% of patients belong to this category. Auto-immunity probably has a bigger role to play.

8. What are the limitations of the procedure ? 
We cannot treat patients who have more than 30% body surface affected by vitiligo.

9. Is it a plastic surgery ? 
It is not a plastic surgery, or cosmetic surgery, as the procedure involves transplantation of Melanocytes, which is not done by plastic surgeons and this procedure is now considered as a treatment modality for vitiligo and thus it also cannot be considered as cosmetic surgery.

10. Is any dietary restrictions necessary during the course of treatment for Vitiligo ? 
No at present, no one has conclusively shown any dietary factors to be responsible for causing Vitiligo.

11. What is difference between Melanocyte Transplantation and Melanocyte culture?
Melanocyte transplantation involves separating melanocyte from small piece of skin and transplanting it immediately onto the patches, though a smaller area can be treated it is absolutely safe, but in melanocyte culture, the cells are separated from a small piece of skin, and it is cultured in the laboratory (increase in the no of cells) is achieved by using cultured media and growth factors.