A Great Cover - Permanent Makeup for Vitiligo

A relatively new option is available to vitiligo patients. Vitiligo causes patches of skin to turn white because they lose their pigment. Some clinics are offering a new state-of-the-art method of permanently recoloring skin that is differs from old-fashioned tattooing.

The process starts with a test run. Small areas are treated with a few different skin tone colors to see which looks best. The colors can be mixed to create a color that is as close as possible to your usual skin tone. The test areas need to sit for approximately one month while the color develops. After that period of time, you then return to the office for more definitive treatments using the color that looks best.

During the pigment infusion process, an electric hand piece is traced over the vitiligo area that helps the skin tone to infuse into the skin. Blending can be created with the use of more than one skin tone which will make it look more natural. Each treatment takes approximately one hour. There is some discomfort, but it is not likely to make you want to stop the treatment. Some patients have compared the discomfort to that of having one's eyebrows tweezed. Local numbing compounds can be used if necessary.

Multiple sessions are needed to treat larger areas affected by vitiligo. It is not suggested for use with excessively large areas because of the discomfort, expense, and commitment involved. Also, the vitiligo-treated areas need to have been stable for a year.
Results of permanent makeup placement are subtle, unlike placing makeup on the skin. The process will gradually fade over 2 to 5 years and will need to be repeated. Instructions are given on how to care for the treated skin in order to keep the color for as long as possible. Many people opt for a color boost about 15 months after finishing the original treatments. Frequency of touch-ups depends on a number of factors such as the exact pigments that are used. Lighter pigments will fade faster. Sun exposure fades the makeup, so using sunscreen is important. If you have an iron deficiency, your body might absorb the iron-oxide pigment as a supplement. Chemicals that the skin comes in frequent contact with might affect permanent makeup. Exposure to a laser beam can turn the pigment black. The fact that the process fades over time can be an advantage as your skin can change tone as you age, and you may need to change colors at subsequent treatments.

Currently, permanent makeup for the treatment of vitiligo tends to be most available in Britain. A few places in the United States and Canada advertise it on the internet as well. Not every practitioner agrees that permanent make will work for vitiligo. The people who are trained in permanent makeup will have the training that is most complementary to what a patient with vitiligo needs for the treatment of his or her white patches. Please note that they are not standard tattoo artists. The pigments used are FDA approved and based on iron-oxide. No vegetable-based dyes are used as they can carry bacteria and are much more likely to cause allergic reactions.

Ingrid Alberstrom has worked in the healthcare industry for many years and is passionate about healthy living. Her other interests include marketing and website development, and she has developed numerous health-related websites. For more information on vitiligo visit www.VitiligoCureAnswers.com.

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  1. Anonymous2:40 PM

    There is no known way to prevent or cure vitiligo. However, several methods, including cosmetics, re-pigmentation using UV light therapy, steroid creams, depigmentation of unaffected skin areas, and skin grafting, can be used to improve the appearance of skin severely affected by vitiligo.

  2. Vinod3:10 PM

    Using a concealer is advisable for people with limited vitiligo


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