White patches never harm you physically but unattractive appearance is always undesirable. It often affects the face, elbows and knees, hands and feet, and genitals. Non-surgical ways to treat vitiligo include medications prescribed by only experienced dermatogist/skin specialist or plastic surgeon. It is important to remember that skin without pigment is at greater risk of sun damage. Be sure to apply a broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB), high-SPF sunscreen or sun-block and use appropriate safeguards against sun exposure. Surgical option includes removal of affected skin where the affected skin can be directly excised by only an experienced plastic surgeon who can close it using very fine stitches to make it almost invisible. But vitiligo must be stable for at least 1-year to go for any surgical treatment to be useful and effective.