Psoriasis, also termed as Psoriasis Vulgaris, is a chronic relapsing/remitting immune-mediated skin disease. The patient experiences red scaly patches, papules, and plaques on the top layer of the skin, which are quite itchy. Highly prone areas are elbows and knees, but it can affect any area, including the scalp, palms of hands and soles of feet, fingernails, toenails and genitals too.
The main cause for the development is when the immune system mistakes a normal skin cell for a pathogen, sends out faulty signals leading to the overproduction of new skin cells. Main triggers are oxidative stress, stress and withdrawal of a systemic corticosteroid. But it is not a contagious disease at all!
This kind of a chronic illness can give birth to certain complexes, insecurities, depression, frustration and isolation. So institution of early and effective treatment is a must.
The treatment aims
- To stop or slow the progression of the disease and,
- Rejuvenate your skin to its normal condition
Various treatments (Medical, Light based and Surgical) are available for Psoriasis, but most of these are extremely time-consuming and have other associated risks.
The UVB Laser at Aura Skin Institute provides psoriasis sufferers an alternative treatment option that requires no medicines or drugs, less number of treatment sessions and each session takes just few minutes.
The UVB handpiece uses high-power, spectral irradiance in the UVB and UVA wavebands to target and treat affected areas of the skin. First a patch test is done to assess the dose to be given so as to strictly avoid inducing a blister or second-degree burn. The treatment and dose given is considered effective when there is minimum erythema (redness) lasting for 24 hours.
UVB Laser is very effective treatment for a chronic illness like psoriasis and has many advantages:
- Reduces the need for topical and systemic therapy
- Reduces the number of sessions required to see results
- Healthy skin, surrounding the areas of psoriasis does not get exposed to laser beams, so no risk of injury to the healthy skin.
UVB Laser Treatment is appropriate for the patients with localised, refractory plaque psoriasis (who have thick, scaled plaques on knees, elbows; resistant to any conventional treatment).
The treatment consists of 1-2 sessions per week. The amount of UV radiation delivered is carefully calculated and monitored. Remission period depends upon the skin type, age, skin condition and other factors of the patient. Some patients have long remission periods after a single treatment. The average length of the treatment is of 7 weeks, approximately.
Side Effects of UVB Laser Treatment: The higher dose of the therapy might cause Blisters on the treated areas, Hyperpigmentation and Erosions (sores).
All this depends on the hands you rely upon. At Aura Skin Institute, we have fully trained and certified dermatologists and laser therapists and they also give you the needed instructions regarding self-care post treatment, so side effects are not a cause of concern.
If you still have any queries in your mind, have a look at these FAQ’s!
FAQs About Psoriasis Laser Treatment
- What is Psoriasis Treatment and how does it work?
- At Aura Skin Institute, we use UVB Laser treatment for Psoriasis. This treatment focuses on the restoration of the healthy cells in your skin. The UV rays generated by the Laser focuses on the psoriatic lesion, reduces the ongoing inflammation and rejuvenates your skin to its normal condition.
- How many treatment sessions will I need?
- The treatment consists of 1-2 sessions per week. Remission period depends upon the skin type, age, skin condition and other factors of the patient. Some patients have long remission periods after a single treatment. The average length of the treatment is of 7-8 weeks, approximately.
- Will it hurt me or cause any long-term side effects?
- No, it is absolutely pain-free treatment. As far as side effects are concerned, it depends on the potency of dose applied to the affected area. Higher dose of the therapy might cause blisters, redness, hyperpigmentation and erosions. This happens only if your skin is hypersensitive or you are in not-so-expert hands.
- Are there any contraindications or restrictions?
- The contraindications are cancer, active herpes or bacterial infection and recent sunburn within last two weeks of session.
- What is the recovery time?
- The laser has no recovery time expect mild erythema which settles in 24 hours; however the disease takes around two months to show upto 75% recovery depending upon the severity of the condition. Few parameters are there on which the recovery depends, such as age, skin color, skin type and the intensity of psoriasis. The results are visible with each session.
- What if I discontinue the treatment all of a sudden?
- If you are not able to continue the sessions, you will be under our expert guidance and put on topical therapies to maintain the progress.
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
We are all born with smooth, supple, baby-soft skin. But as we travel through this journey called "life", our skin is subjected to innumerable harsh conditions which can leave premature signs of aging on our face like wrinkles, fine lines and pigmentation. Also there can be birthmarks, tattoo marks or scars left by some diseases or injuries. We, at AuraSkinInstitute are well aware of these concerns and we offer you technologically highly advanced lasers operated by fully trained personnel. So come to us and leave behind all your skin worries!
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