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. When treating psoriasis, the goal is to control the symptoms and prevent infection. The professional staff at Phoenix Skin offers different treatment options for psoriasis with topical, oral or injectable treatments, as well as phototherapy and laser removal with the XTRAC Excimer Laser.
To give you a better idea of the kinds of skin problems that benefit from our psoriasis treatment options, here is a look at the five different types of psoriasis:
Although plaque psoriasis is the most common type of psoriasis, it is notoriously difficult to treat. Finding an effective treatment or combination of treatments can be challenging, but there is good news: Now there is a new option — the XTRAC Excimer Laser Treatment System. This treatment can bring long-lasting, effective relief (typically lasting several months) from the painful symptoms of plaque psoriasis. To read more about the XTRAC Excimer Laser, click here.
-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 two 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 often can be obtained in 30 treatments or less. Most patients receive 2-3 treatments per week. Not all patients will respond to UVB phototherapy.
-How long do the results last?