Phototherapy Patient Information
Vitiligo and Phototherapy
What is Vitiligo?
Vitiligo is characterized by loss of pigment in patches of the body. Vitiligo provides little physical discomfort, though it is often quite distressing. Scientists believe that vitiligo may be an autoimmune process in which the body destroys its own pigment.
How does UV Light Treatment help Vitiligo?
UV light, or Phototherapy, can help create repigmentation of vitiligo. It is currently considered the "gold standard" treatment when vitiligo covers 20% or more of the body. This process is slow, working from the outer edges of each patch inward, so regular Phototherapy vitiligo treatment is prescribed. Phototherapy vitiligo treatment may continue twice a week for a year or more. Phototherapy equipment has been well-studied and has been proven to be an effective treatment for vitiligo. Phototherapy treatment is generally well-tolerated in both adults and children.
For More Information
- Read article summaries published here for your convenience
- Vitiligo Support International
- Dermatologist practices for vitiligo in people of color
- American Academy of Dermatology
- National Vitiligo Foundation Support Group
Home Phototherapy Equipment
Whether phototherapy for vitiligo is done at home or at your doctor's office is a decision between you and your doctor. Our home phototherapy vitiligo equipment has been well-studied and has been proven to be effective for treatment of vitiligo. The right phototherapy unit is based on the size of the affected area. Our most popular units include the 6-foot Panosol 3D® for moderate to severe vitiligo, a Handisol II® for more moderate patches, and the DermaLume 2X wand for small regions affected by vitiligo.
Covered by most insurance carriers. Federal law restricts the sale of this device by or on the order of a physician. We are the only company certified to ship phototherapy units to Canada.