Gentle Laser Therapy for Psoriasis
HOW DO PHAROS EX-308 EXCIMER LASERS WORK?
The PHAROS EX-308 excimer laser creates a concentrated,
but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to psoriatic
plaques though a handpiece that rests directly on the skin. By precisely
targeting only specific plaques without exposing healthy skin, the laser
safely delivers high-dose treatment for fast clearing and long
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR TREATMENT?
The laser is ideal for treating mild to moderate
psoriasis. Traditionally hard-to-treat areas such as knees, elbows, and
scalp are easily treated, thanks to the laserís aiming beam and
adjustable spot size handpiece. The targeted high-dose therapy can
effectively treat stubborn plaques, even those that have not responded
to other treatments. Ask your doctor if laser treatment is right for
HOW DOES TREATMENT COMPARE WITH OTHER PSORIASIS
Unlike topical creams, treatment with the laser does not
require any daily maintenance. Each patient is unique, but many patients
enjoy several months of treatment-free remission after completing their
laser sessions. PHAROS EX-308 excimer laser treatments are painless and
take only a few minutes. Equally important, many patients only need
about 4 to 6 weeks of treatments, as opposed to 30 or more phototherapy
IS TREATMENT SAFE?
The laser may have fewer shortcomings than many common
psoriasis treatments. Due to the targeted nature of laser therapy,
ultraviolet light exposure to the healthy skin is limited. This may
reduce the risk of premature skin aging that is often associated with
booth phototherapy. There is no thinning of the skin, easy bruising, or
stretch marks often caused by steroids, nor any of the systemic side
effects caused by some oral medications.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT DURING TREATMENT?
Treatment will take place in your doctorís office.
First, your doctor will determine the best dosage level for you. Then,
the doctor will place the handpiece directly on the plaques and apply
the laser therapy. You will hear a gentle hum and see a blue colored
light from the handpiece tip. Most treatments take only a few minutes.
DOES TREATMENT HURT?
No. Most patients experience no pain or discomfort. A
few patients may feel slight warmth shortly after treatment. This warmth
is mild and short-lived. No anesthesia is needed.
HOW MANY TREATMENT SESSIONS WILL I NEED?
Your doctor will create a customized course of therapy
for you based upon the extent, thickness, and location of the lesions.
Many patients enjoy clearing after 10 or fewer sessions.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR TREATMENT?
No extensive preparation is required for laser therapy.
Just ensure that the skin to be treated is clean, dry, and free of any
make-up, lotion, or creams containing SPF protection.
ARE THERE SIDE EFFECTS?
The side effects of laser therapy are minimal. Most
patients report no side effects. A few patients have reported a mild and
short-lived redness at the lesion site. More serious side effects such
as blistering and hyper-pigmentation are rare and short-lived.
ARE LASER TREATMENTS COVERED BY INSURANCE?
Many national, state, and local insurance companies
cover the laser treatment, but coverage levels will vary.