Excimer Laser For Vitiligo In New Jersey
Disclaimer: Results may vary patient to patient. There is no guarantee that any specific result can be achieved. Results may not be permanent.
We are pleased to offer the clinically proven Pharos Excimer Laser Therapy system for the treatment of vitiligo. With treatment sessions lasting just a few minutes, the Pharos can make all the difference. The Pharos utilizes a specific wavelength of ultraviolet light which stimulates the repigmentation of the skin in patients with vitiligo.
Those with vitiligo are not alone. An estimated 1 to 2 million Americans have vitiligo; about half noted some pigment loss before age 20. 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.
“When I started treatments, about a quarter of my face was affected. Now, after 32 treatments, the treated areas are more than 85% repigmented. People who did not see me before cannot detect I ever had vitiligo. If I had vitiligo any other place, I would definitely get EX-308 excimer laser treatments. It definitely works. There is no point trying anything else.”
–A.D. Dermatology Associates, Seattle, WA
Our office takes pride in offering leading technology to our patients. The availability of Pharos Excimer Laser Therapy is the latest example of our commitment. Call us today to set up a consultation. See if the Pharos is right for you!
Uses for Pharos Excimer Laser
The Pharos excimer laser, a 308nm laser is primarily used for the treatment of vitiligo and psoriasis, but is also used to treat a number of other skin disorders, including.
- atopic dermatitis
- alopecia areata
- pityriasis rosea
- cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL)
- polymorphous light eruption and other photodermatoses;
- lichen planus;
- pruritus; and
- pityriasis lichenoides
The excimer laser is a form of phototherapy. This 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.
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 is 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.