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About Vitiligo

About 1% of the worldwide population has vitiligo, a condition in which color vanishes from the skin in patches. At Thomas Dermatology, with two locations in Las Vegas and one in Henderson, Nevada, as well as offices in Bullhead City, Kingman, and Lake Havasu City, Arizona, the caring team of specialists offers vitiligo treatment tailored for your needs and wishes. Contact the office nearest you or arrange an appointment online today. 

This was my first visit at Thomas Dermatology and I’m so grateful with the genuine kindness by the staff! I was quite nervous for my appointment but was given some words of encouragement and calmed down quickly! I’m so grateful for them!
Kathryn D.
Dr. Hand was kind, compassionate and honest. I am thrilled and grateful that after one month of having the procedure the deep incision on my cheek is healing beyond my expectations.
Dawn W.
Vanessa Benes is the best! Caring, listens, down to earth, just all around great person & PA. I’m usually in and out within 30 minutes yet never feel rushed. Office is very organized and timely. I see Vanessa and so do my kids absolutely recommend.
Leray A.
Susie Smith has treated me for 10 years. I cannot express enough what excellent care she gives. Very thorough yearly skin checks. She has put my eczema in remission. Cleared up my acne and keeps my face and skin beautiful.
Annie T.
I always have great results with Christine Crovetti. Christine is a perfectionist. She takes her time and is very informative to what you request. I highly recommend her services.
Lorry M.
I got there right on time for my appointment and was called back immediately. Everyone from the nurse to the doctor was exceptional! Very patient, informative, and friendly!
Danny S.
Dr. Lieberman is personable, caring and very thorough. He’s been my dermatologist for over 10 years and he always takes time to discuss issues with me and answer any questions I might have. I never feel rushed and always believe I get the best medical care from him.
Patricia C.
Jordan Spoon was very professional and related really well to my 11 year old who was very nervous to be there. I would highly recommend her.
Marv H.
This is the third dermatology practice I have visited and the first one that treated me with professionalism and skill. I would definitely recommend this practice.
Joanne B.
Reylina was warm yet knowledgeable and professional, and delightful to visit with during my facial. I didn’t feel like she was trying to sell me on any products or services that wouldn’t benefit me and my specific skin type. Would 100% recommend!
Jennie T.
We love Dr. Michaels and Thomas Dermatology. They have been taking care of us for over 25 years, they have helped our whole family.
Annie B.
I took my 7 year old granddaughter to Thomas Dermatology and everyone there was very helpful, professional. Kylee was very patient with my granddaughter. Highly recommend!
Jeanette M.
Great experience as a first time patient. The check in was easy and the receptionist was very professional and friendly. Dr. Corbett was very friendly and easy to talk to about my concerns. She has a great disposition and is a good listener.
Andrew H.
I have been going to Thomas Dermatology for many years, starting at Post Road and now at the Centennial office. I have always been treated with kindness and with utmost professionalism.
Linda O.
It was amazing experience. The staff at the front desk were very friendly. I was taking back on time with no extra wait time. Terry Davis is amazing and very good at what he does. I was in out from the moment I walked in to back in car within 30 minutes.
Dan K.

Vitiligo Q & A

What is vitiligo?

Vitiligo is a condition in which your skin pigment vanishes in blotches to leave white patches on your skin. The most common areas of depigmentation include the face, neck, and hands. Vitiligo can also affect the scalp, hair, mucous membranes, and other parts of your body. 

What are the different types of vitiligo?

The two forms of vitiligo are:

Nonsegmental vitiligo

Nonsegmental vitiligo, the most common type, occurs fairly evenly on both the right and left side of the body. This form of vitiligo often starts in your hands or feet or around your eyes or mouth.

Nonsegmental vitiligo usually features rapid depigmentation followed by a period with no changes. But, the pigment loss usually starts again later. This cycle may repeat many times over the years. As time goes on, the areas of depigmentation usually grow bigger or grow to connect with other depigmented areas.

Segmental vitiligo

Segmental vitiligo appears in only one area, for example, one leg. It may also include hair depigmentation. Segmental vitiligo usually causes steady pigment loss for about a year but stops after that.

Segmental vitiligo usually starts earlier in life, typically before age 30. Nearly 60% of people with segmental vitiligo develop their first symptoms before age 20. 

With both types of vitiligo, you may have localized pigment loss (very few spots in a few areas), generalized (multiple scattered areas throughout the body), or universal (very little natural pigment left).

What causes vitiligo?

The cause of vitiligo is unknown. Many experts believe it's an autoimmune disease in which your body mistakenly attacks and destroys skin pigment. 

Up to 25% of people with vitiligo also have an autoimmune disorder, with common examples being rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Type 1 diabetes. 

How is vitiligo treated?

Thomas Dermatology offers a variety of innovative solutions to bring your natural skin pigment back. Topical ointments, like corticosteroids, can restore color over time. But, long-term use may carry some risks like skin thinning. 

In-office light- or laser-based treatments can add pigment to your skin. You need treatment sessions 2-3 times a week for at least several weeks to see results. In some cases, a combination of treatments is the best approach for vitiligo.

Thomas Dermatology offers customized vitiligo care from the best skin specialists in Las Vegas. Call the nearest office or arrange an appointment online.