Treatment > Melanocyte Transplant
In melanocyte transplants for vitiligo, small pieces of healthy full-thickness skin tissue with a high concentration of melanocytes (cells that contain skin pigment melanin) are obtained surgically under local anesthesia from the patient.
The skin tissue pieces are then processed by specialized machine to break into cellular components in a suspension fluid and then grown in a culture in the lab overnight. The vitiligo sites are prepared through de-epithelisation by laser or abrasion.
The melanocyte-rich suspension is then transferred onto the patient's prepared vitiligo sites.
This therapy is administered in-office and best used in areas of limited vitiligo where the vitiligo has been stable for at least six months.
Melanocyte transplants have a very high success rate, especially for segmental vitiligo.