Why surgery is not an option for the treatment of Vitiligo
Have your doctor prescribed surgery as a last resort to treating your Vitiligo? You need to be aware of the risks involved before going ahead. In most cases Vitiligo is initially treated with topical or oral medications. These can be used with light exposure treatments. You should only consider surgery once you have undergone these courses of treatment. And even then, I would suggest rather looking at a holistic approach
Different types of surgical procedures
There are a couple of different types of surgical procedures that can be prescribed in the treatment of your Vitiligo. You might have heard of Excimer laser therapy before. This was originally used to treat eye conditions, but has recently been used for Vitiligo as well. With the aid of this laser, doctors can target really small areas of skin with UVB light.
Take note that when undergoing treatment with an Excimer laser, many patients report severe redness, as well as blistering.
If you are suffering from a more severe case of Vitiligo, your doctor might prescribe skin grafts, or skin cell transplantation. This revolves around taking skin grafts from a healthy part of your body, and transplanting to an affected area. If the new skin ‘takes’ after the transplant, it will return the affected skin to its normal pigmentation.
There are a number of different grafting procedures:
- Thin Split Thickness Graft is most often used to treat the lips and hands. Under anesthesia a thin layer of skin is placed on affected parts of the skin. This leads to scarring in most cases.
- Section Blister Grafting results in the least scarring of the grafting methods mentioned here. This method does cause severe blistering, which could lead to possible infection.
- Punch Grafting can result in a cobblestone effect on your skin. Small skin grafts are placed on the affected area, with the intention of stimulating melanin cell growth.
What about Transplantation?
Transplantation is a process where melanocytes and keratinocytes are inserted with a laser into those sections of skin that can’t make their own pigment. The melanocytes and keratinocytes are harvested from normal sections of the skin. The area is covered with a dressing during the recovery period.
There are some serious risks associated with this process. If the wrong growth medium is injected, your skin cell production might break down. This can lead to the growth of malignant cells, which can cause skin cancer.
Any surgical procedure, no matter how small, also carries the risk of infection, bleeding or excessive scarring. Surgery is not a commitment that should be made without keeping all these things in mind.
What are the alternatives?
It is my belief that one should first exhaust any and all alternative treatments before resorting to surgery. There are treatments that are natural, and free of side effects. Do make sure that you discuss these with your doctor.
By making some changes to your lifestyle, and your diet, you can go along way in treating your Vitiligo without any side-effects. I believe that Michael Dawson’s Natural Vitiligo Treatment System™ does a good job of detailing how you can reverse your Vitiligo. Thousands have had great results following his 5 Step System. You owe it to yourself to find out more.