A remarkable vitiligo treatment is now available at the Wimpole Aesthetics in London, thanks to the pioneering research and development of specialist dermatologist Dr Sanjeev Mulekar.
The treatment, which is suited exclusively to stable vitiligo, is called Melanocyte Keratinocyte Transfer (MKT) and involves the transfer of melanocytes from an area of healthy skin to an area of skin which is suffering from white vitiligo patches and contains no melanocytes.
People belonging to different ethnic groups, religions, socio-economic groups and with different dietary habits show similar incidence towards vitiligo. The highest rate of occurence has been recorded in India and Mexico, and in India it is roughly estimated that 3% to 4% of the population suffer from vitiligo. In the UK, however, the incidence is approximately 1%, meaning that roughly 600,000 UK inhabitants have some form of the skin disease.
What is Vitiligo?Milky-white patches of skin usually indicate a common skin condition called vitiligo. These clearly defined, milky white patches are caused when melanocytes, the skin cells which produce the pigment melanin, have been destroyed. The patches can appear on any part of the body and the exact cause of this condition is still not known.
Vitiligo disease usually appears between the ages of 10yrs – 20 yrs but can appear at any age. Only 20% to 30% of people suffering from vitiligo disease give a positive family history and, though heredity is certainly one of the causes, the transmission to each generation may also be influenced by other pre-existing factors.
Is Vitiligo a contagious disease ?Vitiligo disease is a cosmetic disability that is definitely not contagious. Vitiligo is not spread by touching. Unfortunately, misconceptions like this often mean that a patient may find themselves a victim of discrimination and are often driven to the depths of despair.
Identifying the type of VitiligoThe patient’s type of vitiligo disease is critically important in understanding it’s prognosis, the progression or otherwise of the condition, and what is the most appropriate vitiligo treatment. Without this understanding, patients go on to try all manners of vitiligo treatment, with little or no success for certain types of vitiligo. Identifying the correct type of vitiligo requires a vitiligo specialist or vitiligo doctor such as Dr Sanjeev Mulekar.
Vitiligo treatment available at our clinicWe are able to offer effective vitiligo treatment to those suffering from stable vitiligo using a technique called Melanocyte Keratinocyte Transfer (MKT). Please note that a vitiligo patch is only considered stable if it has remained unchanged for at least one year. Find out more about our vitiligo treatment and view before and after treatment pictures.
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