If you choose to pursue treatment for vitiligo, you’re likely to need the continued use of medication or phototherapy. Topical medications that are applied daily may take months or years to affect the color of your skin, and treatment using light therapy may require many sessions.
NYU Langone dermatologists work with you over the long term to help you achieve the results you desire. In some instances, vitiligo does not respond to medications or light treatment. If this occurs, our experts can provide emotional support.
Our dermatologists schedule follow-up appointments two or more times per year for as long as you pursue treatment for vitiligo. Your dermatologist closely monitors how well your skin responds, and adjusts treatment as needed to ensure that any medication or therapy remains the best treatment option for you.
Although vitiligo does not pose a health risk, it affects the appearance of the skin, which may lead to anxiety or depression, particularly if the affected areas are visible to others. For some people, talking about how vitiligo affects their emotional wellbeing may help them cope. Our doctors can connect you with an NYU Langone psychotherapist who has experience working with people facing similar challenges.