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For those who suffer from chronic skin conditions, managing flare-ups can be difficult. Some patients find success with topical treatments, oral medications, and lifestyle adjustments. However, other patients may find that creams and oral medications do not provide adequate relief. Ongoing, uncontrolled discomfort and visibly irritated or unbalanced skin can lead to frustration. So what can you do if you want healthier skin? Many patients turn to technology to improve their skinâ€“and their quality of life.
Two skin separate chronic skin conditions, psoriasis and vitiligo, affect patients differently. Psoriasis is related to an overactive immune system, which causes the skin to become inflamed. Scaly patches can be arise, causing itchiness and tenderness. Vitiligo also results from a dysfunction with the immune system. In this case, however, the body destroys the cells that give the skin its color. Characterized by uneven pigmentation, vitiligo patients have visible patches that are much lighter than the surrounding skin.
Unfortunately, there is no permanent solution for either problem. However, with proper and consistent care, it is possible to keep these skin conditions under better control. Psoriasis and vitiligo have been shown to respond well to laser treatments.
Laser treatments can help alleviate the symptoms associated with these two skin conditions. At Advanced Dermatology, our doctors treat psoriasis and vitiligo with the Xtrac Laser, a type of laser that uses ultraviolet (UV) light. When ultraviolet light is directed toward the affected area, it penetrates the skin and prompts a healing response. The laser is highly calibrated and the UV energy only affects the unhealthy skin. The doctor determines the dose of UV light to be delivered.
Laser treatments are typically done in a series of sessions. The number of treatments needed depends on the individual case, but most patients see results in about two to ten sessions. It may be necessary to have multiple sessions a week to get desired results.
If you are suffering from a chronic skin condition such as psoriasis and vitiligo, it is best to seek help from a qualified dermatologist. Mild-to-moderate cases can show marked improvement. When left untreated, the conditions can worsen, causing additional stress and concern.
The doctors at Advanced Dermatology understand how difficult it can be to live with an autoimmune skin disorder. We offer a range of treatments designed to help control flare-ups and restore balance. Contact one of our New York or New Jersey offices to schedule your consultation today.