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Autologous Epidermal Grafting Using a Novel Negative Pressure Epidermal Harvesting System in a Case of Stable Vitiligo



Abstract

Vitiligo is a common pigmentary disorder of the skin with a great amount of social stigma attached to it. Though various medical modalities are available for the treatment of stable vitiligo, surgical modality remains the treatment of choice for stable and localized vitiligo. The surgical options range from simple punch grafting to the recent epidermal harvesting methods using a negative pressure unit. Although successful use of multiple methods of epidermal grafting has been reported, most of them are cumbersome and time-consuming. The new automated epidermal harvesting system now commercially available involves a tool that applies both heat and suction concurrently to normal skin to induce epidermal micrografts. Hence it serves as a safe, quick and cost-effective method without anesthesia, with a very minimal downtime for healing and requires an optimal expertise. The duration of repigmentation seems to be faster and more uniform compared to other procedures. We would like to share our experience with the negative pressure epidermal harvesting method in a patient with stable vitiligo.



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Autologous Epidermal Grafting Using a Novel Negative Pressure Epidermal Harvesting System in a Case of Stable Vitiligo


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Aarthi Krishna Corresponding Author

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Vanathi Thirunavukkarasu

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Paru Priyadarshini Navaneetha Krishnan

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Nithya Gayathri Devi Danasekaran

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Ratnavel Rajendrabose

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital


Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: The authors have declared that no conflicts of interest exist.


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Autologous Epidermal Grafting Using a Novel Negative Pressure Epidermal Harvesting System in a Case of Stable Vitiligo

  • Author Information
    Aarthi Krishna Corresponding Author

    Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

    Vanathi Thirunavukkarasu

    Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

    Paru Priyadarshini Navaneetha Krishnan

    Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

    Nithya Gayathri Devi Danasekaran

    Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

    Ratnavel Rajendrabose

    Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study.

    Acknowledgements


    Article Information

    Published: November 15, 2016

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.881

    Cite this article as:

    Krishna A, Thirunavukkarasu V, Navaneetha krishnan P, et al. (November 15, 2016) Autologous Epidermal Grafting Using a Novel Negative Pressure Epidermal Harvesting System in a Case of Stable Vitiligo. Cureus 8(11): e881. doi:10.7759/cureus.881

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: July 13, 2016
    Peer review began: September 26, 2016
    Peer review concluded: November 03, 2016
    Published: November 15, 2016

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    Krishna et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

Vitiligo is a common pigmentary disorder of the skin with a great amount of social stigma attached to it. Though various medical modalities are available for the treatment of stable vitiligo, surgical modality remains the treatment of choice for stable and localized vitiligo. The surgical options range from simple punch grafting to the recent epidermal harvesting methods using a negative pressure unit. Although successful use of multiple methods of epidermal grafting has been reported, most of them are cumbersome and time-consuming. The new automated epidermal harvesting system now commercially available involves a tool that applies both heat and suction concurrently to normal skin to induce epidermal micrografts. Hence it serves as a safe, quick and cost-effective method without anesthesia, with a very minimal downtime for healing and requires an optimal expertise. The duration of repigmentation seems to be faster and more uniform compared to other procedures. We would like to share our experience with the negative pressure epidermal harvesting method in a patient with stable vitiligo.



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Aarthi Krishna

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

For correspondence:
ara12283@yahoo.co.in

Vanathi Thirunavukkarasu

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Paru Priyadarshini Navaneetha Krishnan

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Nithya Gayathri Devi Danasekaran

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Ratnavel Rajendrabose

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Aarthi Krishna

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

For correspondence:
ara12283@yahoo.co.in

Vanathi Thirunavukkarasu

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Paru Priyadarshini Navaneetha Krishnan

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Nithya Gayathri Devi Danasekaran

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital

Ratnavel Rajendrabose

Department of Cosmetology, Government Stanley Medical College And Hospital