Light therapy involves exposing the skin to wavelengths of ultraviolet light under medical supervision. We offer two types of light therapy: Narrowband UVB and PUVA therapy. Click here to learn more about Phototherapy from the National Psoriasis Foundation.
Narrowband UVB is a highly effective form of phototherapy utilizing a specific wavelength of UVB light in the treatment of psoriasis and other skin disorders. Treatments are usually given three times per week. It takes an average of 20 – 30 treatments to reach maximum improvement of psoriatic lesions. Patients receiving UVB treatments get the best results when they strictly adhere to their treatment plan. Once the skin clears, maintenance treatments can prolong the benefits.
PUVA utilizes UVA light administered 1 – 2 hours after taking the oral light-sensitizing medication psoralen. PUVA slows down the growth of psoriasis and can clear symptoms for varying periods of time. In addition to treating severe psoriasis, PUVA is also used to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (mycosis fungoides). Treatments are usually given 2 – 3 times weekly and it takes an average of 20 – 30 treatments to see maximum improvement. Maintenance therapy is often given.
Topical PUVA for palms and soles Topical psoralen is applied to the palms and soles followed by exposure to UVA light. This can be helpful for patients with stubborn patches of psoriasis on the palms and soles and can have the advantage of avoiding the use of orally ingested psoralen.
The Palomar Icon® Aesthetic System The next generation of laser platform technology. The Palomar Icon Aesthetic Laser features state of the art technology offering multiple devices in one machine for use of hair removal, vascular lesions, photo rejuvenation and pigmented lesion removal. We have chosen the Palomar Icon System because it offers the most versatile, effective, and comfortable aesthetic treatments available. There is no downtime, treatment sessions are fast and easy and decrease the appearance of skin pigment and vessels for more even skin tone. The Palomar Icon® is a non surgical approach to skin renewal that can transform your skin.
Excimer Laser We also offer the XTRAC excimer laser for localized psoriasis, alopecia areata and vitiligo. This consists of an intensely focused beam of ultraviolet light that is targeted to individual lesions of the skin. This treatment uses intense, focused doses of laser light to help control areas of mild to moderate psoriasis without harming healthy skin around them. Targeted laser therapy is similar in effectiveness to traditional light therapy, but it works in fewer sessions with stronger doses of light that can reach deeper into the affected skin. The handheld laser wands are also good for reaching psoriasis in hard-to-treat areas, such as the elbows, knees, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and scalp. Treatments are usually given twice a week.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) PDT is an FDA-approved treatment for actinic keratoses using Levulan Kerastick as a topical photosensitizing agent followed by BLU-U blue light exposure. This process results in the destruction of visible or Grade 1/2 actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous) or non-hyperkeratotic lesions. PDT allows treatment of an entire area, such as the face or scalp, making this treatment a preferred option when an individual has many lesions in one area. Multiple clinical studies have shown that PDT ultimately results in marked reduction of actinic keratoses. This procedure can be done in lieu of such treatments as topical efudex and results in less downtime in that you experience less redness for a shorter period of time.