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There are a variety of surgical options to treat vitiligo. They basically all involve transplanting the patient's normal melanocytes into areas of vitiligo. This can be accomplished by taking small "pinch" grafts or split thickness grafts of normal skin and placing them into suitably prepared recipient sites. If all goes well, the melanocytes gradually grow out of the grafts and repopulate the surrounding involved skin. At certain research institutions, melanocytes from normal skin can be harvested and grown in tissue culture and then placed in suitably prepared recipient sites. Although somewhat cosmetically acceptable, even successful surgical outcomes are nevertheless distinguishable from normal skin.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/17/2014
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