Is the treatment for me?
The treatment works better on certain types of vitiligo than others. Determining which type of vitiligo will respond best to this treatment is a decision that must be made by an expert in this type of vitiligo treatment.
Questions we need to have answered:
Where are your vitiligo patches and what is their approximate size?
How long have you had them?
Give a clear description of their behavior after you first noticed them?
The treatment can be used on most areas of the body including face, eyelids, hands, genitals and feet. Please note that people who do have health issues need not be excluded but special precautions may be required. All aspects of the procedure and your health will be discussed during your initial private consultation.
How does the autologous melanocyte transplantation work?
The procedure is performed under sterile conditions in a specific theatre. Under local anaesthetic, a small, very thin area of healthy skin is removed, usually from the hip area. Using a well researched and developed technique, the skin is processed to produce a pre-confluent mix of epidermal cells. The area to be treated is gently abraded, once again under local anaesthetic, and the skin cell mixture is applied. The skin cells immediately attach themselves and the healing and repigmentation process begins. As Dr Mulekar has specialized in this technique for over 15 years, there is no danger of scarring during this process. Te cells can do no harm as they are autologous ie the patient’s own cells.
What happens post-procedure?
The treated site is protected by a dressing for one week. Often less time if the treated area is on the face. You will be given verbal and written post procedure instructions before leaving the Wimpole Aesthetic Centre. Dependant on the site that was treated, no further dressing is required and you will need to follow the instructions you were given by the clinic.
There is no bruising or swelling. Some patients may feel minor discomfort at the biopsy and treated site for a few days which can be treated with a mild painkiller if wished. Recovery is remarkably quick.
How effective is the treatment?
The treatment is very safe and usually 100% effective. Patients start to see repigmentation in about 1 to 4 months with full benefit in up to a year. This is because the transplanted melanocytes need to proliferate and begin producing melanin.
Most patients get the result they seek with a single treatment but for some patients with larger areas it may be necessary to have more than one treatment session. This aspect of care will be discussed at the initial consultation.
Who is the specialist Doctor
Dr Sanjeev Mulekar is the Vitiligo specialist at the Wimpole Aesthetic Centre, London. He was a pioneer of the non-cultured melanocyte transplantation method for the treatment of vitiligo, and has trained clinicians in many different countries.
During 2011, he was invited to present a lecture and conduct a workshop by the Royal Society of Medicine in London.
Dr Mulekar has performed more than 3000 procedures to date in the Middle East, Far East, USA and UK. He is actively involved in research and has published more than 25 research papers in reputed international journals such as Archives of Dermatology, Dermatologic Surgery, Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, International Journal of Dermatology, Burns, British Journal of Dermatology. His two latest papers are currently in print for the Br J Dermatol and J. Cutan. Aesthet. Surg
What Vitiligo treatments are available at the Wimpole Aesthetic Centre?
We offer Melanocyte Keratinocyte Transfer treatment for vitiligo. This treatment is performed by our specialist, Dr Sanjeev Mulekar and is suited to stable vitiligo only.
How do I know if my vitiligo is stable and able to be treated?
Vitiligo is only considered stable if the affected area has remained unchanged for at least on year.
How long after the treatment does it take to see results?
Within 2 – 4 months of the treatment, patients will begin to see repigmentation of treated areas. Full benefits are typically seen after approximately 6 months.
Is the treatment very painful?
Our vitiligo treatment is not considered to be a painful treatment. Some patients may experience minor discomfort on treated areas for a few days after the procedure, however this can be dealt with using mild pain killers if necessary.
How many treatments are required?
Typically, a single treatment is required. However, for patients with very large patches/areas of vitiligo, it may be necessary to have more than one treatment.
Is it essential to have a consultation prior to treatment?
Yes. It is crucial for Dr Mulekar to assess your condition prior to the treatment. A consultation is also a great opportunity for you to ask further questions about the procedure and to receive expert advice from our team of professionals.
Where is the Vitiligo treatment carried out?All treatments take place in sterile theatres at our clinic in central London. The treatment is performed by our specialist, Dr Sanjeev Mulekar, and an asistant.
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