We have updated from the Xtrac to the Pharos Excimer Laser -- for Psoriasis and Vitiligo (among other conditions)
We are pleased to announce that we have upgraded our excimer laser from Xtrac to Pharos by Ra Medical Systems. Pharos is the next generation of FDA-cleared Excimer lasers and enables our practice to offer you the best-in-class care. The Pharos laser delivers safe, fast, effective and pain-free treatment of psoriasis, and vitiligo, as well as, some forms of eczema including atopic dermatitis, and other common skin conditions.
Delaware Valley Dermatology Group has extensive experience with excimer lasers and proven clinical success using them in stand-alone and combination therapy.
Pharos Excimer Laser treatments are usually covered by insurance. Patients who might benefit from treatment for non-covered conditions may choose to consider self-pay as an option.
Here are some answers to the most frequently asked questions about treating psoriasis with Pharos®:
Who can consider Pharos Therapy?
Almost all patients with mild, moderate, or even severe plaque, inverse, and palmar plantar psoriasis are candidates for Pharos excimer laser therapy. It is effective for hard-to-treat areas, as well as for resistant psoriasis that persists despite biologic and other systemic therapies. There are no restrictions on age or skin type that can be treated with Pharos. Children as young as just a few years, and pregnant and lactating women, may all benefit from this therapy safely.
On what body areas can the Pharos be used?
Pharos can be used on psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and many other conditions on all areas of the body. Pharos is excellent for hard to treat areas such as the scalp, knees or elbows, feet and hands.
How quickly will I see results?
Most patients will begin to notice improvement in their psoriasis within 3 or 4 treatments. Significant improvement is often seen in 6 to 10 treatments, with clearance in 10 to 20 treatments. Most patients require 10-14 visits.
How long does a treatment take?
Treatments are relatively quick. The exact time depends on how many areas are being treated. Typically, patients can be in and out of the treatment room in ten to twenty minutes.
When can I receive treatment?
The Pharos laser is available in our office five days per week during regular office hours. You may come in for treatment as often as three times per week as long as there is one treatment-free day between visits. A Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule is ideal. Appointments are required.
Is there any pain associated with Pharos therapy?
No. Most patients feel no pain or discomfort during their treatment.