Picture of Vitiligo: Punch Grafts
Vitiligo (pronounced vit-ill-EYE-go) is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes (the cells that make pigment) in the skin are destroyed. As a result, white patches appear on the skin in different parts of the body. Similar patches also appear on both the mucous membranes (tissues that line the inside of the mouth and nose) and the retina (inner layer of the eyeball). The hair that grows on areas affected by vitiligo sometimes turns white.
Vitiligo is seen here on a patient with a depigmented patch of skin on right mandible. Significant improvement is shown after multiple 1-mm punch grafts, as seen on the right.