Light therapy is a commitment, and not a quick fix. Treatment is required two or three times each week and may be necessary to continue for several months, depending on the individual’s desired result.
We typically see some new pigment gain by 15-20 treatments, and more significant improvement around 30 treatments. Some body areas are more responsive to light therapy than others. For example, the face and neck usually improve quickly, while the hands and feet may require more treatments. When patients are satisfied with their level of improvement, we encourage them to take a break from light therapy and monitor their skin closely.
It’s important to keep in mind that while light therapy is the gold standard treatment for vitiligo, there is no cure for the condition. Many patients who gain pigment with light therapy keep their new pigment, while others can go on to lose it again in the future. If a patient notices white patches reappearing, we recommend they resume treatment again quickly to prevent further pigment loss.
If you have vitiligo and desire treatment, light therapy may be a good treatment option for you. Call today for a consultation with one of our licensed nurse practitioners.