Micropigmentation, also termed medical tattooing, can be a useful alternative treatment for patients with vitiligo who are resistant to conventional treatments.

What is micropigmentation?

Micropigmentation is a cosmetic and/or remedial procedure that involves implanting metabolically inert pigment granules beneath the epidermis. It is common to require two to four treatments. It takes less than two hours to complete the procedure at a doctor’s office. To keep the patient comfortable during the treatment, topical anesthetics are occasionally used. Individual pigments are combined to fit the skin tone of the patient. The initial effects are visible right away, but the final results take around three weeks to appear.

Are the adverse effects to micropigmentation?

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, these include:

  • Infection
  • Removal problems
  • Allergic reactions
  • Inflammation
  • Keloid formation
  • MRI complications

How long does micropigmentation last?

If not maintained, micropigmentation can survive up to three years on the skin, though this varies depending on the individual. It will gradually vanish during that time. Most clients want to maintain their results by returning every six months to once a year or two, depending on their skin type. Your vitiligo will never be visible again if you attend maintenance sessions.

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