Skin pigmentation or the lack thereof is not something that many people think of on a regular basis. However, if you suffer from a skin condition that causes your pigmentation to become noticeably uneven, as is the case with vitiligo, then you have likely sought out a variety of treatment methods. Although historically overlooked in the scientific community, vitiligo is finally beginning to turn heads and receive the attention it deserves.
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is a disease that causes a loss of skin pigmentation. Affecting 2-5 million people in the United States alone, recent studies suggest that many of the genes involved in the disease may be immune regulators. Individuals who suffer from vitiligo experience white patches on different parts of the body. The appearance of this uneven skin tone can often lead to bullying in school and decreased self-confidence.
However, researchers are now looking to understand the root of the problem. And, according to their most recent probe into the genetics of the disease, there is reason to believe that oxidative stress may be at the root of the problem. With this new piece of information, scientists can begin crafting new treatment methods, including the excimer laser, for a disease that has caused countless individuals a lifetime of low confidence and anxiety.
The Model With Vitiligo – Winnie Harlow
Winnie Harlow is a model who began making a name for herself and spreading awareness of vitiligo when she appeared on the popular TV show, America’s Next Top Model. After overcoming years of bullying and depression, during which she considered suicide, the 23-year-old model has come to embrace the uniqueness of her skin condition. Today, she refuses to cover up the signs of vitiligo on her body, instead using them as a platform to redefine the common notion of beauty.
Vitiligo Treatment Is Available
If you are one of the millions of Americans with vitiligo who would prefer to address your lack of pigmentation, however, we are here to help. At Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey, we are proud to offer a series of laser treatments with the Ra Medical Systems Pharos Excimer Laser to help with re-pigmentation of the skin.
Keeping you healthy and beautiful.
"Dr. Goldberg is one of the most skilled dermatologists in the industry. He is the first dermatologist to utilize the most cutting- edge lasers and techniques. Beyond his skills as a dermatologist, he is someone I trust to care for my skin." - R. G., New York, New York