Micropigmentation involves implanting small particles of natural pigment under the skin similar to a tattoo. The procedure is sometimes called ‘permanent cosmetics.
Why choose micropigmentation for vitiligo
- Help blend the color of vitiligo to more closely match that of surrounding skin.
- Breaks up the texture of the vitiligo skin by softening and flattening it.
What you should know about micropigmentation for vitiligo
Micropigmentation is a technique in which minute, metabolically inert pigment granules are implanted below the epidermis for cosmetic and/or corrective enhancement. Typically two to four treatments are necessary. The process can be performed in a doctor’s office in less than two hours. Topical anesthetics are sometimes applied to keep the patient comfortable during the procedure. Pigments are individually mixed to match the patient’s skin. Results can be seen immediately, though full end results are not apparent for about three weeks.
How to prepare for the procedure
Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. It’s important to remember that micropigmentation skill levels vary widely. Patients should ask for references.
What to expect after the procedure
- Swelling in the treated area that can be treated with ice packs and ointments.
- Improved appearance in treated area within a few days.
- Full healing of treated area in four to six weeks.
- Follow-up treatment may be necessary in some cases.