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Vitiligo Treatment 

We are now offering a new treatment for Vitiligo.  Vitiligo is a condition that is non-contagious whereby white spots occur on different parts of the body due to the lack of or destruction of melanocytes (the cells responsible for producing pigment). There are several areas likely to be affected by Vitiligo such as the face, neck, scalp, hands, legs and genitals. This disorder can affect both men and Women at various ages.

Our treatment program treats this condition with small body hair follicles that we will extract with our FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) technique and transplanting these follicles into the affected area. We only have to transplant a few per spot at 3-5cm apart. This treatment is best for Segmented Vitiligo at this time.

The mechanism of this treatment:

The areas of Vitiligo have active and inactive melanocytes (pigment producing cells). The active melanocytes are destroyed for unknown reasons by your body but the inactive melanocytes remain there. When we transplant a hair follicle every few cm 3-5cm, then over a very short period of time re-pigmentation occurs. The hair follicle has undifferentiated stem cells found in the hair shaft near the bulb. These stem cells seemingly migrate out into the vitiligo affected areas and begin to activate the inactive melanocytes. A multitude of studies have shown that re-pigmentation starts in almost immediately from 2-6 weeks and completion of area at 12 weeks.

The only caveat to this program is that Segmented Vitiligo and areas that have hair are best suited for treatment. This is because we have to transplant hair into these areas. We must take into consideration that the hair will grow in these areas as well. However we will attempt to find the smallest follicular units available on your body before having to use scalp hair. Hair follicles that are below the neck are what we call WYSIWYG (Wizzee Wig) What You See Is What You Get. If you see hair below the neck very short then after a transplant it will remain short and grow no longer. These are our target follicles, It does not mater if the follicles are small or large. They all have the same functional stem cells. This was recently proven in studies.

So this is why we have to plan treatment accordingly and we may not be able to help all Vitiligo patients. A candidate should have:

Stable vitiligo in order to be considered ideal candidates. The criteria for stable vitiligo includes:

1) No change in the size of lesion(s) for a period of at least six-seven months
2) There are no new lesions appearing during that time
3) lack of koebnerization which is a spreading of the vitiligo due to a stimulus
4) no history of keloids or hypertrophic scars on any part of your body.

Please click on the links below for a few published scientific articles involving FUE and Vitiligo.

Evidence Based Research Literature:

Read Study 1

Read Study 2

Read Study 3