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Dr. Max Gomez: Vitiligo Treatment

 

WOW, IN A SECOND LIKE A GAP WAS CREATED AND THAT’S WHERE ALL THE DEBRIS FELL. VERY, VERY LUCKY. THIS IS A SKIN CONDITION YOU MAY NOT HAVE HEARD OF. BUT YOU HAVE PROBABLY SEEN. IT’S CALLED VITILIGO MADE FAMOUS BECAUSE MICHAEL JACKSON HAD IT. CBS 2’S DR. MAX GOMEZ HERE TO TELL US ABOUT A NEW TREATMENT. Reporter: VITILIGO IS A CONDITION WHERE WHITE PATCHES DEVELOP ON THE SKIN. IT’S CAUSED WHEN THE PIGMENT CELLS OF THE SKIN DIE OFF PROBABLY DUE TO AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE. IT ISN’T LIFE-THREATENING BUT IT IS DISFIGURING ESPECIALLY FOR AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND OTHER DARK-SKINNED PEOPLE. WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, HOW ABOUT A CELL TRANSPLANT? ♪[ MUSIC ]♪ Reporter: ANYONE WHO FOLLOWED MICHAEL JACKSON’S CAREER EASILY NOTICED HOW HIS SKIN BECAME LIGHTER AND LIGHTER OVER THE YEARS. ♪[ MUSIC ]♪ Reporter: HE HAD AN ALL OVER TYPE OF VITILIGO AND RATHER THAN APPEAR SPLOTCHIER OPTED TO BLEACH HIS SKIN TO MATCH HIS PATCHES.

 

IF SOMEBODY WOULD LOOK AT ME OR IF OTHER STRANGERS WOULD LOOK AT ME MY FACE WAS COVERING MY HATE. Reporter: THIS WOMAN HAS A DIFFERENT TYPE THAT STARTED IN THIRD GRADE. THE SPLOTCHES AROUND HER EYE AFFECTED HER PSYCHOLOGICALLY. I THOUGHT I WAS UGLY WHEN I HAD IT ON MY FACE. AND I WOULD CRY AND I WOULD SAY, WHY DID THIS HAPPEN TO ME? I’M NOT PRETTY. SHE DIDN’T LIKE TO GO OUT, LIKED TO STAY IN THE HOUSE. BASICALLY, SHE DIDN’T WANT TO CONTACT ANYBODY. Reporter: TODAY YOU CAN HARDLY NOTICE CAITLYN HAD VITILIGO. WHAT MADE THE TRANSFORMATION IS THIS, CELLS THAT DO MAKE PIGMENT ARE ACTUALLY TRANSPLANTED INTO THE WHITE PATCHES. 80% OF PATIENTS WILL SEE A VERY, VERY GOOD RESPONSE. MAYBE 15% HAVE A PARTIAL RESPONSE. Reporter: HERE’S HOW IT’S DONE. THE DOCTOR TAKES A SMALL PATCH OF NORMAL PIGMENTED SKIN. IN WATSON’S CASE FROM BEHIND HER EAR. IN HIS LAB HE EXTRACTS THE PIGMENT FORMING CELLS. HE THEN LASERS THE VITILIGO TREATMENT PATCH ONTO WHICH HE APPLIES A SOLUTION CONTAINING THEM.

 

WE DO AN AREA ABOUT A CREDIT CARD SIZE AT A TIME AND WE SEE WHAT THE RESPONSE IS. AND THEN WE TAKE IT FROM THERE. Reporter: IT TAKES A FEW MONTHS FOR THE CELLS TO START PRODUCING PIGMENT BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, THE RESULTS ARE REMARBLABLE. FOR CAITLYN IT’S TRANSFORMED HER PERSONALITY. MORE CONFIDENT WHEN IT COMES TO LIKE GOING OUTSIDE, TALKING TO PEOPLE. I’M NOT AS SHY AS I USED TO BE. NOW, THE CREME TRANSPLANTS ARE FOR PATIENTS WITH STABLE VITILIGO THAT’S NOT SPREADING AND IN WHOM OTHER TREATMENTS HAVE FAILED. THE COST IS 500 TO $1,000 DEPENDING ON THE AREA AND IT CAN TAKE SEVERAL TREATMENTS WHICH ARE NOT YET COVERED BY INSURANCE BECAUSE THE TECHNIQUE IS VERY NEW. BUT AS YOU CAN SEE, IT CAN GIVE A PERSON BACK — THE TRANSFORMATION OF HER LIFE — HIGH SCHOOL KID WHO LOOKED LIKE THAT AND PEOPLE THINK IT’S CONTAGIOUS WHICH IT’S NOT. NO. BUT, YOU KNOW, THEY SEE.

 

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