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.