Does vitiligo get worse with age?

vitiligoPatients who have developed vitiligo often work with a dermatologist to control and maintain the condition. Vitiligo is a condition that can impact the pigmentation of the skin. It can affect patients of any age, gender, and ethnicity. While it is not harmful to a patient and does not have any significant health concerns, it can be embarrassing for patients and cause them to feel self-conscious about the way they look. Both men, women, and children can seek assistance for vitiligo with the staff at Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center in the areas of Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach, Florida. Many patients have a number of questions for their provider when they receive a diagnosis of this condition.

What causes vitiligo?

During vitiligo, pigment-producing cells in the skin, known as melanocytes, die or cease production of melanin. Melanin is the pigmentation that is responsible for the color of hair, skin, and eyes. When this occurs, patients will develop patches of skin that become lighter in pigmentation or even white. While doctors are unsure as to what causes melanocytes to dies or cease melanin production, it is believed that it could be related to:

  • A patient’s family history (approximately 30% of those diagnosed have a family member with vitiligo)
  • A specific event trigger, such as severe sunburn or high levels of stress
  • A disorder of the immune system that attacks the melanocytes

At what age does vitiligo start?

Vitiligo can start at any age, but approximately 50% of patients diagnosed begin showing symptoms before they turn 20.

Does vitiligo get worse with age?

Vitiligo is a lifelong condition. In some patients, the areas of pigmentation are later restored, while others may experiencing sustaining or worsening of their vitiligo with time. It is unknown whether or not it actually gets worse with age, as each case is unique.

Seek assistance with vitiligo with the team at Greater Miami Skin and Laser Center

If you live in the areas of Miami Beach and Hallandale Beach, and are considering treatment for vitiligo, we welcome you to book a consultation visit with Dr. Martin Zaiac and discuss your needs. Call (305) 532-4478 to request an appointment at any of the two convenient office locations available.

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