We have some good news for those who suffer from VITILIGO
It can be cured!
The above picture was taken on the recent Vitiligo-Congress in Kitzbühel/Austria in December 2012.
From left to right: Patient Lee Thomas from USA, Horst Liebl from Germany, Professor Andrija Stanimirovic from Croatia and Patient Ogo Maduewesi from Nigeria.
Vitiligo is a sudden or slow depigmentation of the skin that can affect everybody, young or old, male or female, white or black people. Michael Jackson was one of the most popular victims. Vitiligo is not a disease in the classical sense only the loss of skin pigments (melanin). Its etymology is unknown. Although the affected persons, between 0.5 to 8 % of the world population, have no pain during pigment loss but they suffer heavily from their psychological burden, they feel stigmatised.
Since decades many researchers tried to find a cure. Unfortunately shady businessmen offered drugs of dubious origin via the Internet. Some skin professionals offered expensive laser and radio frequency treatments, but with no success.
In 2012 a medical team from the University of Bern in Switzerland managed the major breakthrough. The secret is: Stem Cell Transplantation! The therapy is simple, painless and side effect free with an 80% success rate.
The procedure in brief: Some hairs are plucked from the scalp. Stem cells, the pre-courser cells of melanocytes, are isolated from the Outer Root Sheath (ORS) from anagen scalp hair and treated by a non-cultured cell suspension. About 5 hair follicles are required to treat one cm2 of de-pigmented skin. The cells are mixed with human AB serum and then separated by a cell strainer, centrifuged and re-suspended in a specific, patented protective application “solution”. The final stage is the infiltration of the solution through the skin. The first trials to create delivery channels were done by Fraxel laser.
Due to too much tissue damage by laser the university contacted us for our 14 years expertise in transdermal delivery of larger proteins. They have chosen our special Dermaroller® microneedles to create tiny delivery channels. After a short Dermarolling of the de-pigmented skin parts the “solution” is applied on the needled skin and infiltrated into deeper epidermal layers for cell incubation. The Stratum Corneum (uppermost skin layer) is completely closed after 15 minutes. No systemic or topical co-medication is applied before and after cell application. The non-invasive procedure is done within one hour, it is free of negative side effects, can be repeated and requires no social downtime.
Congratulations Prof. Thomas Hunziger, Alain Limat and your Team.
How and where can you be treated? – A simple question but a bit difficult to answer.
The inventors of this new VITILIGO-treatment insist that all therapists are initially trained at the University of Bern to build up certified centres and therapists around the world. This will take some time but patients, especially from Europe, can contact the University direct to ask for a treatment.
Universitätsklinik für Dermatologie
Telefon: +41 (0) 31 632 22 18
Fax: +41 (0) 31 632 22 33
Further information can be obtained from: www.skinrephair.com
Many years ago I lived in Nigeria and met this little man and took him for a helicopter ride. I hope he still remembers me and never suffered from Vitiligo that often can be found in Africa:
Kind regards and a Happy New Year.
Horst Liebl and his Dermaroller Team