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Vitiligo Clinic in Cambridge

Vitiligo Clinic in Cambridge

Vitiligo is a condition which causes uneven pigment in the skin. It can affect anyone at any age but normally occurs between the ages of 10 and 30. It is not harmful but can be a very challenging condition to live with, as it can be quite noticeable, particularly if it affects the face. It can also mean your skin is more sensitive to sunlight.

We have experienced Dermatologists at our Cambridge Clinic who can help to reduce the appearance of your Vitiligo. We understand how difficult it can be and that many of our patients feel very self-conscious about their condition. We are here to help even out your skin tone so you can feel more confident about the way your skin looks.

How can we help with your Vitiligo?

Our Vitiligo clinic is led by Dr Sunil Chopra, who is highly experienced in treating this condition. Until recently, there were not many treatments available, but at the Cambridge Clinic, we pride ourselves in being able to provide the most up to date and effective treatments for this condition.

Vitiligo is caused by a lack of melanin, the pigment which gives skin its colour, so this creates discolouration on the skins surface. It happens when the cells that produce melanin stop functioning properly. It can affect any part of the body and can be milder or more severe, depending on the person.

However severe your Vitiligo and in whichever way it’s affecting you, we can work with you to find a solution. Just book a consultation with one of our Dermatologists to get started. If you have any questions about how we might be able to help with your Vitiligo, you can also reach out to our team and we would be happy to give you more information.

How do we treat this condition at the Cambridge Clinic?

We have many different treatment options available to reduce the appearance of Vitiligo. Your Skin Doctor will discuss these with you and advise you of the best action plan for the optimum outcome.

Options include:

Topical treatments: Applying a prescribed lotion to the affected area, such as a Corticosteroid cream, which can help to replenish pigment in the skin and prevent any paler patches from spreading.

Phototherapy: This treatment involves exposing the affected area to UV light, which can be extremely effective at reducing Vitiligo, particularly on the face, limbs and trunk. This is normally delivered in regular sessions, several times a week, but this depends on your skin type.

Combined light therapy & medication (PUVA): This treatment is when you are given medication that increases skin sensitivity before having light therapy on the affected areas. This causes the skin to pinken and when it heals, your normal skin colour should appear. It can be extremely effective for evening out the skin tone and dramatically reducing the appearance of Vitiligo.

Depigmentation: This involves removing the pigment around the affected skin, so that it blends in more easily. This is usually carried out twice a day for 9 months, so it’s quite a long process, that may not be right for every patient. You also must avoid skin contact with other people for 2 hours after each treatment. It can also make your skin very sensitive to sunlight, permanently.

Camouflage: Medical camouflage is a way to conceal the uneven skin tone caused by Vitiligo, without using surgery. This works by adding colour to lightened areas of skin with pigment. This can be particularly useful if other treatments have not been successful and can be a great way to give you back your confidence.

What will happen during my consultation?

At your initial appointment, one of our highly skilled Dermatologists will assess your affected areas, skin type and tone. They will then explain which treatment plan they think will work best for you and give you the optimum result. This may involve several options for you to choose from.

Although we cannot guarantee that we will eliminate your Vitiligo, we will aim to achieve the best result possible and have a track record of getting great outcomes for our patients. It is certainly a treatable condition and with the right care, you should see a great improvement in the appearance of your Vitiligo.

If you have any questions about how we treat this condition or about the procedures offered, then please do reach out to us and we would be happy to give you more information or answer any questions you may have.

What causes Vitiligo and how can we help?

Vitiligo is caused when the amount of melanin (the pigment which gives skin its colour) decreases in the skin. It is not contagious but can affect any part of the body. Melanin is produced by melanocytes and when you develop vitiligo, there aren’t enough, leading to white patches appearing on the skin. It can affect all skin types but is often more noticeable in those with darker skin. It’s not known why certain people develop it.

Although it’s not a harmful condition, it can be stressful for the individual and make them feel self-conscious about their appearance.

We have many treatment options available to help either replace the lost pigment in your skin or lighten the surrounding skin to help your Vitiligo blend in more easily.

Your Skin Doctor at the Cambridge Clinic can show you which treatment is best for your condition and advise you on keeping your skin protected from the sun.

Which treatment is best for you?

Vitiligo can be a difficult condition to live with, especially if it is on the face. We understand this can make many of our patients feel very self-conscious in their day-to-day life. We want to help find you the best treatment options that will give you the best result possible, so that you can feel confident again.

Depending on the severity of your Vitiligo as well as your natural skin tone and type, this will mean that certain treatments may have a better chance of being successful. You also may want to consider any side effects of treatments, as well as what is involved in each procedure to see which one may be right for you. Your Dermatologist will be able to advise you on what care plan they think will work best for you.

When you book an appointment with a Dermatologist at our Cambridge Clinic, they will first examine your Vitiligo and confirm that this is the correct diagnosis. They will also ask you to explain when it first appeared and whether you have tried any treatments in the past. They will then offer their professional advice on what treatment plan they think will work best for you.

They will explain how it will work and answer any questions you might have. If you want some time to think about your options after your initial consultation before deciding which treatment you want to undertake, that is also completely fine. We want to make sure you feel fully comfortable with the decision you make and how you decide to proceed.

You are also able to reach out to our team if you have any questions or want any further information. We want to make sure that you feel fully supported for the entirety of your treatment with us at the Cambridge Clinic.