Psoriasis a common autoimmune disease that causes skin cells to grow too quickly. The body does not shed these excess cells, causing them to pile up on the surface of the skin and form lesions. When treating psoriasis, the goal is to control the symptoms and prevent infection. The professional staff at Phoenix Skin offer different treatment options for psoriasis with topical, oral or injectable treatments, as well as phototherapy and laser removal with the XTRAC Excimer Laser.
There are five types of psoriasis:
Erythrodermic: The skin redness is very intense and covers a large area
Guttate: Small, pink-red spots appear on the skin
Inverse: Skin redness and irritation occurs in the armpits, groin, and in between overlapping skin
Pustular: White blisters are surrounded by red, irritated skin
Plaque: Thick, red patches of skin are covered by flaky, silver-white scales; these patches can develop anywhere on the body but most commonly on the lower back, elbows, knees and scalp. This is the most common type of psoriasis
Finding an effective treatment or combination of treatments for plaque psoriasis can be challenging. Now there is a new option- the XTRAC Excimer Laser Treatment System. This treatment can bring long lasting, effective relief (typically several months) from the painful symptoms of plaque psoriasis. To read more about the XTRAC Excimer Laser, click here
Xtrac Excimer Laser
Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis & Vitiligo Treatment
A consultation with a Provider is required. Once the consultation is complete, an insurance authorization process is started to determine if insurance coverage is applicable. Patients may decide to pay for treatments out of pocket as well. Price given upon consultation.
Xtrac treatments take about 10-15 minutes on average.
This is a low risk and very comfortable procedure. Most patients experience slight redness and mild tenderness immediately post treatment.
Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis:
Clinical studies have shown that excimer laser therapy may significantly improve psoriasis within 6-10 treatments. This therapy may take 10-20 treatments to get the more severe forms of psoriasis under control. Most patients receive 2 treatments per week.
*Each individual will respond differently to UVB light and the total number of treatments needed and the time it takes to reach clearance will vary. Not all patients will get complete clearance.
Repigmentation of affected areas will generally begin within 10 treatments and successful repigmentation can often be obtained in 30 treatments or less. Most patients receive 2-3 treatments per week.
*Each individual will respond to UVB light differently and the total number of treatments will vary per patient and per area. Not all patients will respond to UVB phototherapy.
Psoriasis and Atopic Dermatitis: In some cases, the phototherapy can result in clearing of the affected areas. The duration of the remission varies with each patient and is typically 3 months or more. Maintenance therapy may be required.
Vitiligo: In many cases, phototherapy has resulted in full re-pigmentation of the affected tissue. The duration of this remission varies with each patient. Maintenance treatments may be required.
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