Phoros Excimer Laser

The PHAROS EX-308 excimer laser is indicated for psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and leukoderma.
PHAROS excimer lasers are xenon chloride (XeCl) lasers that deliver concentrated, but painless, high-dose monochromatic 308nm UVB phototherapy directly to psoriatic and depigmented lesions without exposing surrounding healthy tissue.  Unlike conventional UVB systems that emit wavelengths from 290 to 320nm, PHAROS excimer lasers deliver only monochromatic 308nm, clinically proven the most efficacious wavelength for treating psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and leukoderma. Continuously adjustable from 3.24 cm2 to 2 mm round with constance fluence, PHAROS’ infinitely variable spot size handpiece and aiming beam allow precise target treatment of affected tissue quickly, easily, and accurately without collateral damage to healthy skin.  By enabling physicians to precisely target only affected skin cells, PHAROS excimer lasers safely deliver higher treating dosages than are possible using conventional UVB or PUVA. 

For patients, this means short treatment times of 5-7 minutes for up to 10% body surface area.

It also means that psoriasis patients may need only 6 to 10 treatments, rather than 30 or more conventional UVB or PUVA sessions. 

Moreover, while each patient is unique, psoriasis patients may enjoy several months treatment-free remission after completing 6 to 10 laser sessions.

For vitiligo patients, repigmentation often begins after as few as 6 sessions.  While the degree and speed of repigmentation is greatly effected by the anatomical location of the disease, most treatment regimens consist of 15 to 30 sessions on a twice or thrice-weekly schedule. 

For both psoriasis and vitiligo patients, these positive patient outcomes after very few treatments encourage patient compliance and enhance satisfaction.

ACHIEVE RESULTS WITH THIS SAFE, EFFECTIVE, NO-DOWNTIME PROCEDURE

PSORIASIS

OVERVIEW

Excimer lasers can treat psoriasis more effectively, safely, and
conveniently than topical creams or conventional hototherapy booths.

Effective: Some patients enjoy clearing in about 8 treatments.
Remission can last several months.

Safe: Targeted treatment of psoriatic lesions protects healthy skin
from exposure.

Convenient: Treatments are painless and take only a few minutes,
twice a week, for a few weeks.

Affordable: Most medical insurance plans including Medicare may
cover the treatment for qualified patients.

How does PHAROS Excimer Laser work?

The EX-308 excimer laser creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to psoriatic lesions through ahandpiece that rests directly on the skin. By precisely targeting only active lesions without exposing healthy skin, the laser safely delivershigh-dose treatment for fast clearing and long remission.

Who is a candidate for treatment?

The laser is ideal for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Traditionally hard-to-treat areas such as knees, elbows, and scalp are easilytreated, thanks to the laser’s aiming beam and adjustable spot size handpiece. The targeted high-dose therapy can effectively treatstubborn plaques, even those that have not responded to other treatments. Ask your doctor if laser treatment is right for you.

How does treatment compare with other psoriasis treatments?

Unlike topical creams and gels, treatment with the laser does not require any daily maintenance. Each patient is unique, but somepatients enjoy several months of treatment-free remission after completing about 8 laser sessions. Excimer laser treatments arepainless and take only a few minutes. Equally important, some patients only need about 8 laser treatments, as opposed to 30 or moreconventional booth sessions.

Is treatment safe?

The laser may have fewer shortcomings than many common psoriasis treatments. Due to the targeted nature of laser therapy, healthy skin is not exposed to the ultraviolet light. This may reduce the risk of premature skin aging that is often associated with lampphototherapy. There is no thinning of the skin, easy bruising, or stretch marks often caused by steroids, nor any of the systemic sideeffects caused by some oral medications.

What can I expect during treatment?

Treatment will take place in your doctor’s office. First, your doctor will determine the best dosage level for you. Then, the doctor will placethe handpiece directly on the psoriatic lesions and apply the laser therapy. You will hear a gentle hum and see a blue colored light fromthe handpiece tip. Most treatments take only a few minutes.

Does treatment hurt?

No. Most patients experience no pain or discomfort. A few patients may feel slight warmth shortly after treatment. This warmth is mild and short-lived. No anesthesia is needed.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

We create a customized course of therapy for you based upon the extent, thickness, and location of the lesions. Some patients enjoy clearing after about 8 sessions.

How do I prepare for treatment?

No extensive preparation is required for laser therapy. Just ensure that the skin to be treated is clean, dry, and free of any make-up, lotion, or creams containing SPF protection.

Are there side effects?

The side effects of laser therapy are minimal. Most patients report no side effects. A few patients have reported a mild and short-lived redness at the lesion site. More serious side effects such as blistering and hyper-pigmentation are rare and short-lived.

Are laser treatments covered by insurance?

Many national, state, and local insurance companies cover the laser treatment, but coverage levels will vary by plan. Talk to your doctor’s billing staff for details about your insurance coverage.

VITILIGO

OVERVIEW

Excimer lasers can treat vitiligo moreeffectively, safely, and conveniently than topical creams, UVB booths, or PUVA.

Effective: Clinical studies show that patients treated with the excimer laser system achieve greater repigmentation in 2 to 4 weeks than with any otherpresent vitiligo therapy.

Safe: Targeted treatment of vitiligo patches limits exposure to healthy tissue.

Convenient: Treatments are painless and take only a few minutes, twice or thrice a week, for several weeks.

How do PHAROS Excimer Lasers work?

The EX-308 creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to vitiligo patches through a handpiece that rests directly on the skin. By targeting depigmented patches, the laser stimulates repigmentation and limits exposure to healthy skin.

Who is a candidate for treatment?

Excimer laser therapy is for patients of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. The laser is ideal for localized areas including the face, neck, and torso. Traditionally hard-to-treat areas such as the underarms, hands, and feet are also easily treated, thanks to the laser’s aiming beam and adjustable spot size handpiece. The targeted therapy can effectively treat stubborn patches, even those that have not responded to other treatments.

How does treatment compare with other vitiligo treatments?

Unlike most treatments that have low efficacy or significant side effects, the laser effectively repigments with a small number of treatments in a relatively short period of time with minimal side effects.

Compared to UVB booths and PUVA that may take 6 months to 1 year of sessions, some excimer laser patients achieve repigmentation in 30 or fewer sessions. Total UV radiation is lower than with UVB booths or PUVA. Treatments are fast and no pharmaceuticals are needed.

Is treatment safe?

The laser may have fewer shortcomings than many common vitiligo treatments. Due to the targeted nature of laser therapy, healthy skin exposure to the ultraviolet light is limited. This reduces the total UV radiation and may lower the risk of premature skin aging and carcinogenesis that is often associated with UVB booths and PUVA. There is no thinning of the skin, easy bruising, or stretch marks often caused by steroids, nor any of the nausea or vomiting caused by psoralen.

What can I expect during treatment?

Treatment will take place in your doctor’s office. First, your doctor will determine the best dosage level for you. Then, the doctor will place the handpiece directly on the vitiligo patch and apply the laser therapy. You will hear a gentle hum and see a blue colored light from the handpiece tip. Most treatments take only a few minutes.

Does treatment hurt?

No. Most patients experience no pain or discomfort. A few patients may feel slight warmth shortly after treatment. This warmth is mild and short-lived. No anesthesia is needed.

How many treatment sessions will I need?

Your doctor will create a customized course of therapy for you based upon the extent, degree of depigmentation, and location of the patches. Patients may enjoy repigmentation after 30 or fewer sessions.

How do I prepare for treatment?

No extensive preparation is required for laser therapy. Just ensure that the skin to be treated is clean, dry, and free of any make-up, lotion, or creams containing SPF protection.

Are there side effects?

The side effects of laser therapy are minimal. Most patients report no side effects. A few patients have reported a mild and short-lived redness at the treatment site. More serious side effects such as blistering and hyper-pigmentation are rare and short-lived.

Are laser treatments covered by insurance?

Some national, state, and local insurance companies cover the laser treatment, but coverage levels will vary by plan.

What Patients Say about EX-308 Excimer Laser Treatments”When I started treatments, about a quarter of my face was affected. Now, after 32 treatments, the treated areas are more than 85% repigmented. People who did not see me before cannot detect I ever had vitiligo. If I had vitiligo any other place, I would definitely get EX-308 excimer laser treatments. It definitely works. There is no point trying anything else.”

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