Laser treatment research

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Patients often wonder whether lasers (other than the Excimer) will help their vitiligo. Some lasers can help with depigmentation, on the rare occasions when this is indicated. Hossani-Madani et al (of Washington DC, USA) have shown that the Q-switched ruby laser does seem to have the advantage of inducing depigmentation more quickly than the usual topical depigmentation treatment of monobenzyl ether of hydroquinone, but with more discomfort (G Ital Dermatol Venereol. 2011; 146: 373-95).