Some patients use surgery to treat their vitiligo if their phototherapy treatment doesn’t work. There are three types of surgery available for vitiligo patients. Blister grafting is when blisters are created on a pigmented area of the skin and then transferred to cover a white patch. Skin grafting is when a portion of pigmented skin is taken from the buttocks or another fatty region and attached to the white patches. Micropigmentation is similar to getting a tattoo; drops of pigment are injected into the white patch to add color to the skin.
There are adverse effects to each of these surgeries, including potential to cause new vitiligo patches. Before deciding on a surgery for your vitiligo, it is important to speak to your dermatologist about the side effects that may occur.