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Depigmentation, as a medical treatment, is the intentional destruction of melanocytes in the skin. This is usually done when all other vitiligo treatments have been unsuccessful and the person desires an even skin tone.
Melanocyte– a mature melanin-forming cell, especially in the skin. (Pronunciation – meh·luh·now·sait)
Melanin – a dark brown to black pigment occurring in the hair, skin, and iris of the eye in people and animals. It is responsible for tanning of skin exposed to sunlight. (Pronunciation- meh·luh·nuhn)
Text from this page is adapted, with permission, from the Henry Ford Hospital.
A special thank you to Mohammed Aljamal, MD; Fellow of Henry Ford Hospital in Photomedicine, Laser, and Pigmentary disorders.