As any patient who suffers from psoriasis knows, the condition can be very frustrating to treat. While popular options like topical creams and oral medications may be effective, those who have troublesome plaques or are bothered by unpleasant side effects desire more innovative choices. Thankfully, The Dermatology Clinic offers Pharos Laser, a better long-term approach to psoriasis treatment.

What Is Pharos Laser, and How Does It Work?

Pharos Laser is an excimer laser treatment that uses the localized application of ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis. It works by directing light only to affected areas, so healthy skin is not damaged. Steroid treatment can cause bruising, stretch marks, and thinning of skin when applied directly to the skin. Because Pharos laser is specifically targeted, these adverse side effects can be prevented.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate?

The ideal candidate for this treatment is a patient who suffers from mild to moderate psoriasis. Because the Pharos Laser is targeted to specific areas, large areas would be difficult to treat, therefore making smaller spot treatment a more effective approach. Patients who deal with hard-to-treat plaques in areas such as the knees, elbows, bottoms of the feet, scalp, and palms may find it particularly effective, as high-dose, repeated treatments can successfully manage areas that are otherwise resistant to medication. It’s important to discuss medical history with a doctor before considering Pharos Laser, as it should be avoided in patients with certain conditions, such as:

    • Xeroderma pigmentosum, other sun sensitivities, or medications that cause sun sensitivity
    • A history of skin cancer or a high risk of skin cancer
    • Lupus
    • Scleroderma

Does It Hurt?

No, Pharos Laser treatment is not painful, and while some patients report a mild snapping sensation as if from a rubber band, or warmth at the treatment site, most patients experience no discomfort at all. Side effects are uncommon but include redness and itching at the treatment site, which subsides quickly. The most serious side effects include blistering and hyperpigmentation, but they are also short-lived.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

The number of treatments required depends on the specific lesions that are being treated. Pharos Laser is typically performed two to three times a week for four to twelve weeks. Many patients begin seeing results by the eighth treatment, although this varies. Treatment results can be expected to last several months to a year.

Think Pharos Laser treatment for psoriasis might be a good fit for you? Schedule an appointment with The Dermatology Clinic today by calling us at (225) 769-7546. We’ll be happy to consult with you about your options to help end your psoriasis discomfort.