Vitiligo of the Penis and Foreskin: Specialists in Treatment in NYC


If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us or call   1 (646) 663-5545

Same day consultation and circumcision revision procedure are convenient for patients traveling out-of-the-area.  Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist in NYC who specializes in treating some of the most complex urology problems in men  He has performed hundreds of adult circumcision, circumcision revision, and frenulectomy procedures. He does adult male circumcisions for cosmetic as well as medical reasons.


What is Vitiligo?

Vitiligo - White Patch on SkinVitiligo is a skin disorder caused by loss of melanocytes from the epidermis. Vitiligo is a “white skin patch disease”. Melanocytes are responsible for skin pigmentation (color). Loss of these cells results in white patches in the affected area, the “Michael Jackson Disease”.

Vitiligo affects people with both light and dark skin but is more noticeable in people with dark skin complexion due to color contrast.

Vitiligo is thought to be an auto-immune disorder.  Medications to suppress the immune system have been used to treat vitiligo.  Vitiligo can affect the skin in any part of the body including hands, arms, face, genital areas including the penis in men and labia in women.

How is Penile Vitiligo Diagnosed?

Penile vitiligo is usually diagnosed by a physical exam. The appearance of penile vitiligo spots usually gives away the diagnosis.  Vitiligo of the penis usually appears as penile discoloration on the foreskin, less commonly on the glans of the penis.  Penile vitiligo can sometimes appear similar to discoloration patches caused by balanitis xerotica obliterans (BXO) but experienced urologist can usually easily differentiate between BXO and penile vitiligo by the texture of the skin and associated findings (presence of vitiligo on other parts of the body, signs of BXO such as tissue scarring, elevated patches).

How Can Vitiligo on the Penis and Foreskin be Treated?

Vitiligo can be treated with medications, creams, lasers and surgical techniques.  Vitiligo can recur after treatment and new lesions can appear in the same or a different location.  In some patients who do not respond to medications, circumcision or excision of affected areas can provide an effective treatment option.  Often, local skin flaps, a plastic surgery technique is utilized to excise extensive vitiligo.

At New York Urology Specialists we perform complex excisions and reconstruction of penile skin affected by vitiligo using flaps and grafts when necessary.   Surgical excision often performed with circumcision is an effective treatment option for vitiligo of the penis that does not respond to medical treatment.

Is Vitiligo of the Penis Dangerous?

Vitiligo of the penis is not a dangerous condition. It is mostly an aesthetic problem with the appearance being the biggest concern to patients. The function of the penis (ability to get erections) and sensitivity are not affected by vitiligo in most cases.

What does Penile Vitiligo Look Like?

Below are some images and pictures of penile vitiligo:


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If you have any questions, to schedule a consultation or if you need a second opinion, please contact us or call   1-(646) 663-5545

Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist in NYC who specializes in treating some of the most complex urology problems in men  He has performed hundreds of adult circumcision, circumcision revision, and frenulectomy procedures. He does adult male circumcisions for cosmetic as well as medical reasons.

We see patients from all parts of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Bronx, Staten Island), Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey as well as other parts of the USA. We also see international patients from Canada, Japan, South America, Russia, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, the Caribbean and other parts of the world.


 

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