White patches on the skin may be a sign of vitiligo, a chronic condition that can be treated by a dermatologist. Dr. Keith Llewellyn offers vitiligo treatment for residents of Santa Barbara, Solvang, Ventura, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, and the surrounding areas of California.
Vitiligo is a skin condition where the skin develops white depigmented patches. Hairs within the affected areas may also become depigmented. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease where the body’s own immune system attacks melanocytes. Melanocytes produce melanin which is responsible for the pigmentation of the skin. Onset of the disease is usually in childhood or young adulthood but may occur later in life as well.
Once you meet with Dr. Llewellyn for a consultation and diagnosis, he will explain his recommended plan of treatment for your vitiligo. After the appointment, we can give you a cost that is based on the plan. Our payment options are cash and major credit cards, and we have more information on our financing page.
Vitiligo is primarily a cosmetic issue, but patients with vitiligo often suffer from anxiety and depression over the appearance of their skin and vitiligo can greatly impact their quality of life.
If you have developed white patches of skin, you may vitiligo. As there are other conditions that may result in decreased or complete loss of pigment in the skin, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Llewellyn.
If Dr. Llewellyn determines if you have vitiligo, he will review your treatment options with their risks and benefits with you. Vitiligo if frustrating for both the patient and physician to treat as response rates can be low. Some forms of vitiligo are more responsive to treatment than other forms. Sometimes, the pigment in affected areas returns on its own without treatment. Topical prescription creams or phototherapy may be recommended.
If you are wondering why you have patches of lighter or white skin on your face or body, meet with Dr. Llewellyn for a consultation. You may have vitiligo or another skin condition. Aloe Dermatology offers vitiligo treatment for men and women in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Solvang, Santa Maria, Santa Ynez, and the surrounding areas of California. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.