Pharos Excimer Laser in New Jersey for Vitiligo and Psoriasis

We offer treatments with the Pharos excimer laser, a 308nm laser for the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, and other skin disorders.

Vitiligo. The Pharos utilizes a specific wavelength of ultraviolet light which stimulates the repigmentation of the skin in patients with vitiligo. Although there is no cure, vitiligo can be treated. Clinical studies with the Pharos have shown that, in some patients with vitiligo, repigmentation can begin within 6 to 12 treatments, and successful repigmentation can often be obtained in 30 treatments or less. The number of treatments needed can vary from person to person based on a variety of factors.

Psoriasis. The Pharos excimer laser can treat scaly skin plaques quickly and effectively often in just 6 to 10 brief treatment sessions.  This can provide long-lasting relief, typically several months free of symptoms.

Other skin conditions. Numerous other skin conditions are responsive to the excimer 308 nm laser., including:

  • atopic dermatitis
  • alopecia areata
  • pityriasis rosea
  • parapsoriasis
  • cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL)
  • polymorphous light eruption and other photodermatoses;
  • lichen planus;
  • pruritus; and
  • pityriasis lichenoides
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Phototherapy

About phototherapy

Phototherapy is the use of non-ionizing electromagnetic energy, typically ultraviolet wavelengths, for therapeutic effect. Commonly used wavelengths are  broad band UVB (BB-UVB), narrow band UVB (nbUVB) and UVA. nbUVB is considered the safest and most effective wavelength for treatment of  psoriasis.  UVA is used primarily for photochemotherapy (PUVA), while UVA1 may be useful for atopic dermatitis and scleroderma. Ultraviolet radiation causes biological effects when it is absorbed by various molecules in the skin. Importantly, UVR produces alterations in both local and systemic immune response.

The conditions most commonly treated with phototherapy are:

  • psoriasis (most common);
  • vitiligo;
  • atopic dermatitis; and
  • other dermatitis.

Other possible indications include:

  • alopecia areata;
  • pityriasis rosea;
  • parapsoriasis;
  • cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL);
  • polymorphous light eruption and other photodermatoses;
  • lichen planus;
  • generalised pruritus; and
  • pityriasis lichenoides

During the course of treatment, patients typically are seen 3x/week for therapy. Treatment  may be either in a light box for widespread skin disease, or with a hand or foot unit for localized involvement. The Excimer laser can also be used for localized lesions.

Phototherapy is very effective in treating a variety of dermatoses, but a committed patient is required due to the frequency of required office visits. Home light-therapy units are available for use under physician supervision and will sometimes be reimbursed by insurance carriers.

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