Anyone living with plaque psoriasis knows the frustration of trying out different treatment options, only to see little improvement. However, by working closely with your dermatologist, you can find a treatment plan that works for you. Many patients will notice an improvement in their skin after XTRAC laser treatment. Here’s what psoriasis patients should know about this FDA-approved light therapy.
Light therapy is a common type of psoriasis treatment, often reducing the appearance of plaques over time. These treatments work by using ultraviolet (UV) rays to slow the growth of skin cells.
XTRAC laser is a type of light treatment that exposes the skin to ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. This treatment works by damaging the immune cells that cause the psoriasis plaques in the first place. Your dermatologist will target the psoriasis plaques to avoid damaging healthy skin during treatment.
XTRAC lasers are typically best for treating mild to moderate psoriasis symptoms, as well as vitiligo in some patients. However, your dermatologist will determine if this treatment is right for you.
Some of the benefits of XTRAC laser treatment for psoriasis include:
Shorter Treatment Course: While treatment time varies, XTRAC laser often delivers results more quickly than other types of light therapy. In fact, many patients will notice a significant improvement in symptoms within 10 to 12 treatment sessions.
Less UV Exposure: XTRAC laser therapy targets psoriasis plaques, so you won’t have to expose large parts of your body to UV radiation at once. Shorter treatment courses can also reduce overall exposure time.
It’s important to note that while UVB light treatment can be effective as vitiligo and plaque psoriasis treatment, you should discuss any previous or existing health conditions with your dermatologist. They might not recommend this treatment if you have a history of skin cancer, suppressed immune system, or medical conditions like lupus.
If your dermatologist recommends XTRAC laser as your plaque psoriasis treatment, you should prepare to make a time commitment. Patients will need to receive this light therapy two to three times per week, with at least two days in between sessions. Each laser session takes about 10 to 20 minutes. You’ll likely see the first signs of improvement within four to six appointments and clearance of plaques within 10 to 20.
While XTRAC laser treatment typically isn’t painful, you might experience a warm or burning sensation during the appointment. You won’t need to plan for recovery time, but there are a few potential side effects that your dermatologist will discuss with you. Some of the most common side effects include sunburn symptoms like:
Changes in skin pigmentation have occurred in some patients, so be sure to call your dermatologist if you have any concerns.
Skin conditions like psoriasis can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, but you have options for relief. The dermatology team at Pacific Dermatology Specialists is proud to offer XTRAC laser treatments among our light and laser therapies selection. With locations in Seal Beach, CA, and other communities around the Greater Los Angeles area, our professionals are committed to offering quality cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology services to area clients. Contact us to get started.