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Vitiligo

Vitiligo

What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a relatively common skin disorder, in which the skin loses color and patches of white or lighter skin appear. These spots are caused by the suppression or weakening of melanin production within those areas, resulting in the pigment being destroyed or no longer produced. Vitiligo usually affects the skin, but it can develop anywhere we have pigment. Patches of hair can turn white. Some people lose color inside their mouths. Even an eye can lose some of its color.

How do dermatologists diagnose Vitiligo?

If your dermatologist suspects that you have vitiligo, your dermatologist will:

  • Review your medical history, and may ask specific questions such as whether anyone in your family has vitiligo.
  • Perform a physical exam, looking carefully at the affected skin.

You also may need a blood test to check the health of your thyroid gland. People who have vitiligo often have an autoimmune thyroid disease. A blood test will tell whether your thyroid is healthy. If you have thyroid disease, treatment can successfully control it.

How do dermatologists treat Vitiligo?

The type of treatment that is best for you will depend on your preference, overall health, age and where the vitiligo appears on your body. Some people choose not to treat vitiligo. Also, new formed vitiligo is more easily treated than older vitiligo.

1. No medical treatment (use cosmetics to add lost color):

Cosmetic options include makeup, a self-tanner and skin dye. This treatment offers safe way to make vitiligo less noticeable and it’s often recommended for children because it avoids possible side effects from medicine.

2. Medicine applied to the skin:

There are several different topical (applied to the skin) medicines that can repigment the skin prescribed for small areas. The most commonly prescribed medicine is a potent or super-potent topical corticosteroid. About half, 45 percent, of patients regain at least some skin color after 4 to 6 months. Topical medicine works best in people with darkly pigmented skin.

3. Xtrac Excimer Laser:

The EXTRAC is the first Excimer Light Therapy system FDA-market cleared to treat vitiligo. The XTRAC utilizes a specific wavelength of light which stimulates the repigmentation of the skin in patients with vitiligo.

Vitiligo cannot be cured, but many treatments help to restore lost skin color. If you have treatment to restore lost skin color, it’s possible that the color will return slowly or incompletely. Sometimes, a treatment does not work.

- American Academy of Dermatology

MEET YOUR SPECIALISTS

  • Steven A. Kolenik III

    MD

    Steven graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He received his doctorate from the Yale School of Medicine, where he remained for his post-graduate training in dermatology. He was appointed chief resident in dermatology and also completed a fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery. Dr. Kolenik is board certified in dermatology and is a member of the American College of Mohs Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology.

    Steven A. Kolenik
  • Frank J. Pinto Jr.

    MD

    Frank is board certified in dermatology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery. He has extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of dermatology but specializes in skin cancer detection and treatment, including Mohs micrographic surgery. He also has a particular interest in inflammatory and autoimmune skin disease, including psoriasis.

    Frank J. Pinto Jr.
  • Jennie B. Nally

    MD

    Jennie is a board certified dermatologist with extensive training in medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She enjoys working with patients of all ages and providing comprehensive evaluations and treatments for a wide range of skin conditions. Her special interests include prevention and early detection of skin cancer, pediatric dermatology, and dermatologic issues specific to women. Dr. Nally is very knowledgeable regarding skincare and cosmetic procedures and uses her expertise to help her patients achieve optimal skin health and appearance.

    Jennie B. Nally
  • Rhonda Q. Klein

    MD, MPH

    Rhonda is a board-certified dermatologist with extensive experience treating all aspects of medical, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Dermatology, Medical Dermatology Society, American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, and American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery.

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  • Deanne Mraz Robinson

    MD

    Deanne is a board certified dermatologist and Director of the Body Sculpting Center at Connecticut Dermatology Group. Deanne’s specialties include laser, surgical, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Mraz Robinson was one of the lead investigators for Cellfina and Kybella trials. She is an active member of several professional organizations and serves on advisory and leadership boards for the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery(ASDS), and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS).

    Deanne Mraz Robinson
  • Elizabeth Gaines-Cardone

    MD

    Elizabeth is a board-certified dermatologist who enjoys treating patients of all ages. She received her medical degree from New York University in 2008 and completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, NY, serving as Chief Resident in her last year. She has an interest in both medical and cosmetic dermatology. She aims to educate her patients on general skin health and skin cancer prevention.

    Elizabeth Gaines-Cardone
  • Cynthia Kucher

    MD

    Cynthia graduated with Bachelor's degrees in both biology and psychology from Temple University Medical School in 2001, completed her Pathology residency at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She then went on to complete her Dermatopathology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Kucher has published multiple peer-reviewed articles in the topics of both neoplastic and inflammatory skin disorders. She is an active member of the American Society of Dermatopathology.

    Cynthia Kucher
  • John M. Jasinski

    MS, PA-C

    John is a board-certified physician assistant as well as an active member and fellow of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society for Dermatology Physicians Assistants. After earning his degrees, John joined Connecticut Dermatology Group in 2002. John’s special interests include medical and surgical treatment for skin cancer; acne treatment; biologic treatment for psoriasis; and cosmetic dermatology using lasers, toxins, and fillers.

    John M. Jasinski
  • Erin Myers-Albaridi

    PA-C

    Erin is a board-certified physician assistant who has been practicing for 12 years. Although Erin treats a wide range of skin conditions, her area of interest is cosmetic dermatology. She utilizes chemical peels, laser services, Botox, and dermal fillers to achieve a comprehensive approach to facial rejuvenation. Erin is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Society for Dermatology Physician Assistants.

    Erin Myers-Albaridi
  • Christina Chao

    MS, MMsc, PA-C

    Christina is a board certified physician assistant and a member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants as well as the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Christina's goal is to help patients achieve and maintain healthy skin. She enjoys treating a wide variety of conditions including acne, rosacea, eczema, as well as skin cancer detection and prevention.

    Christina Chao

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LOCATIONS

Milford Office

233 N Broad Street
Suite 1
Milford, CT 06460
203-878-3435

Norwalk Office

761 Main Avenue
Suite 102
Norwalk, CT 06851
203-810-4151

Stamford Office

1250 Summer Street
Suite 201
Stamford, CT 06905
203-975-1112