Many treatments are available to help restore skin color or even out skin tone.
Results vary and are unpredictable. Some treatments have serious side effects.
So the doctor may suggest that the patient first try improving the appearance of the skin by applying self-tanning products or makeup.
If the patient and the doctor decide to treat this condition with a drug, surgery or therapy, the process may take many months to judge its effectiveness. And the patient may have to try more than one approach or a combination of approaches before they find the treatment that works best for them.
Even if treatment is successful for a while, the results may not last or new patches may appear.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) describe vitiligo as "more than a cosmetic problem." It is a health issue that needs medical attention.
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