Light treatment or phototherapy has been the preferred treatment for as long as people have had psoriasis. Even today, the ultraviolet (UV) light from the sun is used as an effective treatment. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder of the skin for which there is no cure. However, there are treatments that can reduce or remove the symptoms and allow you to have smooth skin again. Laser light treatment is one of the best.
Laser treatments can target individual plaques. These treatments may require fewer sessions while producing longer remissions. The main advantage is for people with lesions in small, isolated areas because the treatment is focused. For laser therapy, our trained technicians use a special device to treat each lesion. The procedure is done in the comfort of our office. The surrounding skin is not affected.
Laser therapy is beneficial for mild to moderate plaques and clears them faster than artificial UVB light or natural sunlight. Since it typically requires fewer treatments than other light treatments, the dose of UV is reduced. It focuses a single band of UVB light on the lesion and breaks the DNA of the T cells that cause psoriasis.
With a concentrated light source, laser therapy is especially good for treating hard-to-reach places such as the scalp, elbows, and knees. The length of each treatment will depend on the severity and thickness of your psoriasis lesions and your skin type. For many people, remissions tend to be longer with laser therapy with more time between outbreaks.
The side effects are minimal with about half of the patients experiencing redness after the procedure. About 10 percent had other side effects, but they were mild and cleared up in a few days.
When you have a consultation with our specialist at Integrated Dermatology of Coral Gables, you should mention any medications you are taking and other treatments for psoriasis you have tried. After a thorough evaluation, you can learn about the best treatment in your case. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our office in Coral Gables, FL.