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Psoriasis can be frustrating and embarrassing. We are now offering the XTRAC Excimer laser treatment for that. This is a new, very effective treatment. This FDA approved laser emits a super-narrowband UVB phototherapy that treats the plaques of Psoriasis and is very safe. We also use the XTRAC laser to help patients with Vitiligo to re-pigment the areas. Ours is the only such specialized laser in the area and we are happy to offer this effective new treatment.

Phototherapy uses ultraviolet light—the same type found in natural sunlight—that has been filtered to remove wavelengths that damage skin. Exposure to these altered ultraviolet rays, called ultraviolet B (UVB) rays, may reduce skin inflammation, slow skin cell growth, and minimize the appearance of psoriasis lesions.

Skin Institute of NY’s phototherapy center offers full-body phototherapy. Our phototherapy room has dozens of long, tube-shaped light bulbs that emit UVB light. While you remain standing, light emitted from these bulbs penetrates your skin. Our specialists typically use narrow-band UVB bulbs, which emit an even more focused light wavelength to enhance effectiveness and reduce side effects such as redness.

Depending on the type of lesions you have and how much of your body is affected, dermatologists recommend having phototherapy up to three times a week. The Skin Institute of New York offers a flexible schedule for patients to come into the office for treatment. No appointment is necessary for phototherapy treatments. Patients can come in for treatment during any of our normal weekday business hours.

If traveling to a doctor’s office that provides phototherapy is inconvenient for you, our dermatologists can give you information on a portable phototherapy units that you can use at home.