At Summerlin Dermatology, we strive to provide you and/or your child with excellent care, especially at times when you are not sure why you are experiencing the loss of color in the skin. Vitiligo is a condition that happens when the melanocytes (pigment-producing cells) no longer function, which leaves white patches of skin or hair in its place. Our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Reuel Aspacio, is an award-winning doctor who has presented his research on vitiligo at local and national conferences, such as the Society for Investigative Dermatology National Convention and the National Medical Association National Convention. Dr. Aspacio treats patients on a daily basis with dermatological conditions that change the appearance of the skin on all levels, at all ages, and in all races. No matter what the natural color of your skin is, vitiligo can present itself. As the cause of vitiligo is uncertain, many in the medical field suspect that the immune system plays a major role in the destruction of melanocytes. We do know that vitiligo can run in families, you can be born with it right away, and can develop it later in your childhood or adult life. The white patches can remain the same or progressively spread throughout the body. This condition does not just affect the skin. You can lose pigmentation in your hair and retina (inside your eye) as well.
At first, many people dismiss their symptoms of vitiligo (especially if the location of the white patch looks like a scar). Adults with late-onset vitiligo may go to their primary doctor to have it checked out because they assume it could be a bacterial or fungal infection (tinea versicolor). Seeing an experienced dermatologist is the right course of action to find out how to best care for your skin. Although it is not life threatening or contagious, vitiligo certainly imparts psychological scars especially when the spots are located on exposed areas like the face and hands. We invite you to schedule an appointment in our office in Las Vegas, NV to learn more about vitiligo and receive a personalized treatment plan that is just right for you.
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"Before beginning this review, I took time to read several of the reviews posted. A very mixed bag of issues and emotions. Well, here is why I gave this group of working professionals a "5 STAR" rating. I was referred to Summerlin Dermatology by my so called medical PCP. I had concern about a mole like growth on my back which appeared to be getting larger. I was concerned it could be cancerous. I received a call from Summerlin Dermatology on 9/26/2018 regarding this referral. It seemed they had a cancellation for that day and asked if this was convenient for me. Yep. Sure was. However, I told the young lady on the phone, Daisy, I didn't want to sit there filling out new patient paperwork. She explained their website with the on-line forms was down at the time and offered to email me the forms to complete before I arrived. She was so upbeat and professional. When I arrived for my appointment (with my completed paperwork) I was greeted by, not one, but two front office staffers, Jose and Desiree. They were professional with a smile. Again, upbeat. I signed in and waited about 10-15 minutes before I was taken into the examining room. During my wait time I had the opportunity to chat with each of these individuals. Very professional, yet not "starchy" if you know what I mean. Real people with a job to do the best they can. I met with Dr. Aspacio and his assistant. I felt at ease with both. I told the doctor why I was there. Doctor Aspacio examined the mole growth. Then asked me for my cell phone. He took a picture of this mole on my back. It was not easy for me to see since it was on my back. He showed me the picture and explained that it was typical of getting older. Such moles are common at "our age". I laughed. He even showed me a couple of areas where he has developed similar moles. He made me feel at ease. I was sooo relieved. I have lived in Las Vegas for 43 years. I am 67 years old with Medicare insurance. If you want to experience REALLY BAD medical treatment just wait until you become a senior and on Medicare! I thank heaven that Summerlin Dermatology was an outside referral and NOT part of my primary care network!! I haven't seen my PCP in 2 years! All I see are PAC's or a Nurse Practitioner! Summerlin Dermatology, in my experience/opinion, is only 1 of 3 local medical facilities with whom I would consider professional, to the point and personable. I would recommend them highly!!!"- L.H. / Yelp / Sep 27, 2018
"Very knowledgeable professional and detailed. The staff is very attentive and the doctor was incredibly informative taking the time to make sure I understood the procedure. When the results came in he recommended a plastic surgeon to do the surgery. I really felt very confident in the diagnosis and appreciated everyone's help."- S.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
The cause of vitiligo is uncertain in all children and adults across all ethnic lines. However, most cases involve an improperly functioning immune system. Vitiligo is commonly associated with other immune-related diseases, such as thyroid dysfunction. When the immune system attacks the melanocytes of the skin cells, it takes away your ability to produce pigmentation in your skin. There are also babies born with vitiligo who have inherited it from their parents or have a genetic imbalance, which also affects the ability to produce color.
Vitiligo may appear as white patches on the skin that have lost all pigmentation (your natural skin color), spots of white hair (or premature graying), and/or a retina color change. There are also several landmark ways vitiligo presents itself on the face and body. Localized vitiligo can be found on just a few areas of the body, on just one side of the body (unilateral), or near or around a mucous membrane (like the nose and mouth). We can also describe vitiligo as affecting the whole body, just the hands and feet (acrofacial), or a mixed pattern with the loss of pigment. This condition is not painful and is not contagious. The skin may start to signal the loss of the ability to produce pigment at first in the mouth or a whitening of the hair and facial hair. It is possible to for vitiligo to spread.
Dr. Aspacio is not afraid to take difficult dermatology cases. He will express how difficult vitiligo is to manage. Even with treatment, progress is very slow. Vitiligo can spread or present itself in new areas at any time. If you think you may have vitiligo, it is essential to have a dermatologist check out your skin. Through an evaluation, Dr. Aspacio can make the determination as to what treatment is necessary for your skin. Light colored spots could be something that needs to be treated, such as an infection or an undiagnosed illness. He may also recommend that you see a retinal specialist to have the inside of your eyes assessed as well. If you have white spots, it is essential to schedule an appointment for an evaluation to eliminate other causes of light-colored spots on your body. Why? Summerlin Dermatology can determine if you need dermatological treatment.
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Manage your pigmentation loss with the help of Summerlin Dermatology. We have state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic technology that can assist in the process of ruling out skin conditions. Dr. Aspacio believes that beautiful skin is within reach and will listen to you and your needs. By making an appointment in our Las Vegas, NV dermatology office, you are taking the right steps toward how to best care for the condition of your skin. We look forward to meeting you.