Psoriasis is 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. There are five types of psoriasis: plaque, guttate, pustular, inverse, and erythrodermic. Plaque (pronounced plak) psoriasis is the most common of the five. It causes white or red patches of thick, scaly skin called plaques. These patches can develop anywhere on the body but most commonly on the lower back, elbows, knees and scalp.
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.
The XTRAC Excimer Laser provides relief by delivering a precise, targeted UV light on the affected areas so that the surrounding healthy skin is not exposed. Most patients experience significant improvement in 6 to 10 painless treatment sessions; clearance in 10 to 20 treatments, and for some the psoriasis eventually goes into remission for several months. Individual results may vary depending upon severity.
Many insurance companies are covering XTRAC Excimer Laser Therapy for treatments (including individuals with scalp psoriasis). Our staff will be happy to check your coverage to determine if your insurance company will approve this truly effective treatment.
+-How much does it cost per 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.
+-How long does the procedure take?Xtrac treatments take about 10-15 minutes on average.
+-What can I expect post-procedure?This is a low risk and very comfortable procedure. Most patients experience slight redness and mild tenderness immediately post treatment.
+-When will I see the results?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. Vitiligo 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.
+-How long to the results last?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 repigmentation of the affected tissue. The duration of this remission varies with each patient. Maintenance treatments may be required.
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