LEARN ABOUT VITILIGO

Vitiligo is an acquired skin disorder of pigmentation loss and leads to a disfigured cosmetic appearance. The stark color contrast it produces can cause significant reduction in quality of life due to disturbance of social interaction. 

WHAT IS VITILIGO?

Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes—the cells that make pigment—in the skin are destroyed. Once the melanocytes are destroyed, white patches surface on the skin. These white patches may appear on any location of the body and in multiple areas. This destruction is thought to be due to an acquired autoimmune problem, but the cause is unknown.

WHO IS AFFECTED BY VITILIGO?

About 0.5 to 1 percent of the world’s population, or as many as 65 million people, have vitiligo. In the United States, 1 to 2 million people have the disorder. Half the people who have vitiligo develop it before age 20 and; most develop it before their 40th birthday. The disorder affects both sexes and all races equally; however, it is more noticeable in people with dark skin.

WHAT DOES VITILIGO LOOK LIKE?

Those who develop vitiligo usually first notice white patches (depigmentation) on their skin, most commonly on sun-exposed areas of the body, including the hands, feet, arms, face, and lips. Other commonly affected areas are the armpits, groin and around the mouth, eyes, nostrils and navel.

The disorder generally appears in one of three patterns:

FOCAL, where depigmentation is limited to one or only a few areas.

SEGIMENTAL, where patches develop on one side of the body only.

GENERALIZED PATTERN—the most common pattern—where depigmentation occurs symmetrically on both sides of the body.

WHAT ARE THE EMOTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF VITILIGO?

Although vitiligo is usually not harmful medically and causes no physical pain, its emotional and psychological effects can be significant. Regardless of a person’s race and culture, white patches of vitiligo can cause emotional stress, particularly if the condition develops on visible areas of the body (such as the face, hands, arms, and feet) or on the genitals. Adolescents, who are often particularly concerned about their appearance, can be devastated by widespread vitiligo. Often, those suffering from vitiligo feel embarrassed, ashamed, depressed, or worried about how others will react.

VITILIGO IS NOT FOREVER

Fortunately, XTRAC treatments can minimize and, in many cases, even eliminate vitiligo depigmented patches. The XTRAC excimer laser delivers a targeted beam of UVB light and only the areas of skin affected by vitiligo receive the laser energy.

Though the laser spot size measures only 2cm x 2cm, due to rapid exposure times, relatively large, discrete areas can be treated in just 5 to 10 minutes, which is much faster than the duration of conventional phototherapy light sessions. And most importantly, XTRAC treatments achieve complete response rates faster in a higher proportion of patients.

VITILIGO CLINICAL RESULTS

In one clinical study, 32 patients with 55 vitiligo patches were treated with the [XTRAC] 308nm laser. All areas were treated until 75% or greater repigmentation was achieved or for a total of 30 semi-weekly sessions, whichever occurred first.1

The final analyses showed that of 21 facial spots treated, 71.5% achieved 75% or greater repigmentation. The next best responses were attained treating neck and scalp areas, of which 60% benefited with 75% or greater repigmentation.2

Other studies have concluded that when XTRAC is used as monotherapy, repigmentation of rates greater than 75% are seen in more than 50% of patients but response rates as high as 95% have been achieved, It has also been noted that repigmentation can be seen in as few as 11 treatments.3

1 In a clinical study, patients achieved a greater than 75% repigmentation after 30 sessions. Individual results may vary.
2 Hadi S, Spencer JM., Dermatol Surg 2004.
3 Felten, Alikhan and Petronic-Rosic, JAAD, volume 65, Number 3.

DOES MY PHYSICIAN OFFER THE XTRAC THERAPY FOR TREATING VITILIGO?

Contact us at 1-800-974-8958 and we can tell you if your physician offers the XTRAC Therapy. If your physician does not offer the XTRAC Therapy, we can provide you the name of a physician nearest you that does.