Providence, RI Phone: 401-396-2227 Fax: 401- 421-1120
Agape Dermatology Fall River, MA
Are you looking for Something Better for your Psoriasis?
Ask your doctor about PHAROS EX-308 Excimer Laser Treatments.
Introduction The PHAROS EX-308 Excimer laser was developed to treat psoriasis.
Convenient:Treatments are painless and take only a few minutes, twice a week, for a few weeks. Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
How do PHAROS Excimer Lasers work? The EX-308 excimer laser creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to psoriatic lesions through a handpiece. By targeting only active lesions and limiting exposure to healthy skin, the laser delivers high-dose treatment for fast clearing and long remission. Who is a candidate for treatment? The laser is ideal for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Traditionally hard-to-treat areas such as knees, elbows, and scalp are easily treated, thanks to the laser's aiming beam and adjustable spot size handpiece. The targeted high-dose therapy can treat stubborn plaques, even those that have not responded to other treatments. Ask your doctor if laser treatment is right for you.
How does treatment compare with other psoriasis treatments? Unlike topical creams and gels, treatment with the laser does not require any daily maintenance. Each patient is unique, but some patients enjoy several months of treatment-free remission. How safe is the treatment? The laser may have fewer shortcomings than many common psoriasis treatments. Due to the targeted nature of laser therapy, the healthy skin's exposure is limited. What can I expect during treatment? Treatment will take place in your doctor's office. First, your doctor will determine the best dosage level for you. Then, the doctor will apply the laser therapy. Most treatments take only a few minutes. Does treatment hurt? Most patients experience no pain or discomfort. A few patients may feel slight warmth shortly after treatment. This warmth is mild and short-lived. No anesthesia is needed.
How many treatment sessions will I need? Your doctor will create a customized course of therapy for you based upon the extent, thickness, and location of the lesions.
How do I prepare for treatment? No extensive preparation is required for laser therapy. Just ensure that the skin to be treated is clean, dry, and free of any make-up, lotion, or creams containing SPF protection.
Are there side effects? The side effects of laser therapy are minimal. Most patients report no side effects. A few patients have reported a mild and short-lived redness at the lesion site. More serious side effects such as blistering and hyper-pigmentation are rare and short-lived. Are laser treatments covered by insurance? Many national, state, and local insurance companies cover the laser treatment, but coverage levels will vary by plan. Talk to your doctor's billing staff for details about your insurance coverage.