• Vitiligo is caused by a combination of autoimmune, genetic and environmental factors.
  • Vitiligo is the loss of skin color following the destruction or loss of skin melanocytes which produce melanin (pigment).
  • The onset of vitiligo is often before age 20.
  • Depigmented (white) patches of skin may grow or remain constant in size. Spontaneous repigmentation may occur.
  • Vitiligo can have a significant effect on psychological well being, especially in skin of color, because the contrast between pigmented and depigmented areas can be drastic.

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Treatment For Vitiligo

  • Repigmentation therapies to remove the white patches include corticosteroids (topical and intralesional), calcineurin inhibitors, ultraviolet light, and skin “transplantation” procedures.
  • Light treatments such as narrowband ultraviolet-B light (NB-UVB) can also help.


Meet Our Providers

Our providers continue to maintain the highest levels of accreditation and progressive ongoing education to learn and understand the latest developments in medical dermatology. Each provider's education and bio can be viewed below.


Melanie Kuechle, MD

Dr. Kuechle is a native of Texas and a graduate of Baylor University College of Medicine. She completed her dermatology residency at...


Janet M. Trowbridge, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Trowbridge is a native of upstate New York and a graduate of the New York University Schools of Medicine and...


Dr. Jill McKenzie

Dr. Jill McKenzie graduated from Washington State University with her Bachelor of Science degree, Magnum Cum Laude.  She attended the University of...


Dr. Craig Birkby

Dr. Craig Birkby has been a leader in the treatment of skin cancer in the Seattle area for over 20 years. He attended medical school at...


Ame Phitwong

Ame is a board certified Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner who has worked entirely...

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