The Excimer Laser is designed to provide safe and effective relief from dry, itchy, and unsightly psoriasis lesions. Using a carefully focused beam of laser light delivered through an advanced-technology hand piece, the Laser system can treat psoriasis lesions quickly and effectively. The laser concentrates the light only on the psoriasis lesion, allowing the physician to deliver high doses of energy to the psoriasis patch only while minimizing exposure to healthy skin.
Laser therapy can be used on any plaque psoriasis regardless of location on the body. It is also safe for children, pregnant women and women who are nursing. Laser treatments are performed 2 to 3 times per week. The treatments are relatively quick but the exact time depends on the areas being treated and the extent of the involvement. Most patients will begin to see improvement within 3 to 4 treatments. Significant improvement is often seen in 6 to 10 treatments and clearance is often seen 10 to 20 treatments. (Individual results will vary.) Average remission times of 3.5 to 6 months have been reported.
Most patients feel no pain or discomfort during laser sessions and anesthesia is not required. Occasionally, some patients report a warm sensation, similar to a mild sunburn, at the treatment site. The most common side effect of the laser is erythema (redness). Other possible side effects include blisters or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Side effects are generally well tolerated, and during the trial study, no patients discontinued treatments due to side effects.
Laser therapy is covered by most major insurance companies.