Vitiligo Treatment

Vitiligo is a skin condition which involves complete loss of melanin, the primary skin pigment. It appears to occur when immune cells destroy the cells that produce brown pigment (melanocytes). This destruction is thought to be due to an acquired autoimmune problem, but the cause is unknown. Vitiligo may appear at any age and affects about 1 out of every 100 Americans.


Although vitiligo is usually not harmful medically and causes no physical pain, its emotional and psychological effects on well-being and self-esteem can be deeply disturbing, particularly if the condition develops on visible areas of the body. Adolescents, who are often especially concerned about their appearance, can be devastated by widespread vitiligo.

Fortunately, XTRAC treatments can minimize and, in many cases, even eliminate vitiligo depigmented patches. The XTRAC [308 nm] 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 18mm x 18mm, due to rapid exposure times, relatively large, discrete areas can be treated in just five to ten minutes, which is much quicker than the duration of conventional phototherapy light sessions. And most importantly, XTRAC treatments achieve complete response rates faster in a higher proportion of patients.