What type of patches can be treated ?

Only stable vitiligo patches – patches that have stopped spreading can be treated.


How long does the treatment take ?

It takes around 2-3 hours for the procedure to be performed.


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.


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


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.


Cost – Factor ?

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


Is it Hereditary ?

Only 30% of patients belong to this category. Auto-immunity probably has a bigger role to play.


What are the limitations of the procedure ?

We cannot treat patients who have more than 30% body surface affected by vitiligo.


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.


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.


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.