Types of Vitiligo
Vitiligo is typically categorized as one of the following types:
- Nonsegmental (or generalized) vitiligo is the most common type of vitiligo and results in white patches appearing on both sides of the body. The condition often starts near the hands, eyes or mouth, feet, or in an area of the body where the skin rubs together frequently.
- Segmental vitiligo is less common than non-segmental vitiligo and appears in one area of the body, such as on one arm, one leg, or one side of the face. In about half of cases, it’s accompanied by color changes in the hair, eyebrows, or eyelashes.
How to Treat Vitiligo
Narrowband UVB is widely used and has become the first choice of phototherapy for adults and children with generalized vitiligo. Treatment frequency is 2-3 times weekly and can be safely used by most patients, including children, pregnant women, and lactating women.
Array Skin Therapy utilizes FDA-approved phototherapy to do what “internet cures” cannot do — repigment vitiligo and possibly prevent new spots from forming. The specialized light penetrates the epidermis to stimulate inactive pigment cells in or around de-pigmented areas.
Vitiligo phototherapy treatments are:
- Safe and effective
- Fast (patients are typically in and out within fifteen minutes, on average)
- Covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare
The face and torso areas respond exceptionally well to phototherapy, while bonier areas such as hands, feet, and knees may require longer treatment cycles. Phototherapy treatment for vitiligo requires multiple sessions.
At Array Skin Therapy, we’ve developed every aspect of our practice to allow for a convenient and highly supportive experience for patients. Phototherapy has improved the quality of life for thousands of people.To learn more about phototherapy or find out if it could be the right solution for you, please feel free to contact us.