What do they look like?
- Vitiligo scars are flat and paler than the surrounding skin.
- They can occur anywhere on the body.
- They are caused by loss of pigment in patches of skin, where the body’s own immune system has attacked the pigment cells.
- A dermatologist is needed to treated the cause of the vitiligo with medication (to stop the immune system attacks).
- Once the vitiligo is stable then any remaining pale patches might be suitable for scar treatment.
How can this scar be improved?
- Vitiligo scars like these can respond well to surgical scar revision, with a treatment of spray-on-skin (ReCell) to put some of your own pigment cells back into the lighter areas to try to make more pigment.
- Scars like these often benefit from scar therapy in addition to surgery and/or laser to ensure the new scar makes the closest match of pigment possible and reduces the risk of it getting thick or red.
- If the cause of the Vitiligo is not treated, then any pigment transferred may be lost again when the immune system attacks continue – treatment plans need to be discussed with your dermatologist.