At Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists, we work regularly with patients in and around the area of Southern Florida to assist them in addressing skin and body concerns that may impact their confidence and self-esteem. Patients who are dealing with the loss of pigmentation on their face or body might be experiencing a condition known as vitiligo.
What is vitiligo?
The doctors of Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists describe vitiligo as a long-term, permanent condition that can cause white patches of the skin caused by the lack of melanin. While vitiligo can affect any part of the body and skin, it is commonly seen on areas such as the face, neck, hands, and skin creases. The loss of pigmentation can even occur on the inside of the mouth. The condition itself has been difficult for doctors to determine the exact cause. It is unknown at this time exactly why melanocytes of the skin disappear from certain areas of the body. It is thought to be an autoimmune condition, but studies continue to find the exact source.
Will vitiligo get worse with age?
Vitiligo is a complicated condition that has many unknowns. The condition can start at any age, and may become more prominent over time. Whether or not it is associated with aging, or gets worse with age, is truly undetermined at this point. However, the results of vitiligo are permanent, though there are a few treatment options patients can consider if they are self-conscious about their appearance. Treatment options may include:
- Steroid creams to attempt to restore pigmentation
- Phototherapy (light therapy)
- Using cosmetics to camouflage the discoloration
Learn more about vitiligo diagnosis and treatment with our team of doctors
If you reside in the area of South Florida and are concerned about your condition, it may be a great time to start talking with doctors at Hollywood Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists to determine the best course of treatment. We have seven office locations throughout the Southern Florida area, and can be reached at our main number at (954) 961-1200. Our professionals are here to help, and assist patients throughout the area with medical and aesthetic dermatology concerns.