Y.-J. Kim, MD, B.-S. Chung, M.D., and K.-C. Choi, MD have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.
Depigmentation Therapy with Q-Switched Ruby Laser After Tanning in Vitiligo Universalis
Article first published online: 20 DEC 2001
Volume 27, Issue 11, pages 969–970, November 2001
How to Cite
Kim, Y.-J., Chung, B.-S. and Choi, K.-C. (2001), Depigmentation Therapy with Q-Switched Ruby Laser After Tanning in Vitiligo Universalis. Dermatologic Surgery, 27: 969–970. doi: 10.1046/j.1524-4725.2001.01101.x
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 20 DEC 2001
Background. In vitiligo universalis, repigmentation therapy is seldom effective. Besides, bleaching cream which is often used in depigmentation therapy may lead to several serious complications.
Objective. Q-switched (QS) ruby laser can destroy melanosomes in melanocytes and keratinocytes by selective photothermolysis.
Methods. We have attempted to destroy melanocytes by using the QS ruby laser after tanning in a patient with extensive vitiligo.
Results. The patient had excellent results with no evidence of repigmentation after 1 year.
Conclusion. Depigmentation therapy with QS ruby laser after tanning is an effective and safe way of removing remnants of normal pigmentation in patients with vitiligo universalis.