When treating vitiligo, therapy is often ongoing and typically lasts for 6 to 18 months. Treatment options depend on the location and extent of white patches -- as well as the person's preference -- and may include medical, surgical, and adjunctive treatment options. Regardless of the method chosen, the goal of treatment is to restore the skin's function and restore color to the white patches.
The goal of vitiligo treatment is to restore the function of the skin and to restore color to the white patches. This treatment can take a long time, usually lasting 6 to 18 months.
The choice of vitiligo treatment depends on:
- The number of white patches
- How widespread the patches are
- The treatment the person prefers to use.
Current treatment options for vitiligo include:
- Medical treatment
- Surgical treatment
- Adjunctive treatment (treatment that can be used along with surgical or medical treatments).
Some treatments are not right for everyone. Many treatments can have unwanted side effects. Each patient responds differently to therapy, and no single treatment works for everyone. Your healthcare provider can describe your treatment options and the expected results of each. Together, you and your doctor can develop a treatment plan that meets your medical needs and personal values. Choosing the most appropriate vitiligo treatment is a decision that ideally involves the patient and healthcare team.