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Have vitiligo, 80% of skin lighter. Take laser or IPL treatment?

I have vitiligo and more than 80% of my skin is lighter. I want to get rid of the rest of pigment to somehow look a bit normal. I have not been out for 5 years and feel really concious about the way I look. I have research and found that there is some laser or IPL treatment that I can have. Can you help as I have been left on my own to cope from my doctor and my health insurance company?
Asked On : Sun, 27 Jan 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Jul 2012
Hi there.

I empathise with your predicament.

It is rumoured that the great late Michael Jackson (RIP) was faced with a similar predicament.

Getting rid of the rest of the pigment in your case seems a plausible idea & argument.

If you do not have any insurance & are strapped for cash, might i suggest lasers et al are not the way forward.

A simple bleaching technique using mono-benzyl-ether -of-hydroquinone should suffice in the right hands but make sure it is a competent dermatologist prescribing the same & monitoring the treatment.
Good luck & Godspeed!

Dr Praveen Rodrigues MD
Answered: Mon, 28 Jan 2013
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