If you have the itchy, red, scaly skin condition known as psoriasis, you’re aware that it can be quite uncomfortable and embarrassing at times. It can also be a stubborn problem that is difficult to treat. Traditional treatments include steroid creams, medicated ointments, oral prescriptions and light therapy. One type of treatment is a bit newer on the scene, but has shown to be quite effective in tackling the persistent annoyance of psoriasis. That treatment is laser therapy.
About Laser Treatment
Laser therapy used in the treatment of psoriasis is comprised of a special light that is targeted to the affected area in a manner that allows the surrounding skin to be untouched. This type of laser therapy is much more powerful than regular light therapy and is able to reach deeper levels beneath the skin. Thus, is can be more effective with fewer side effects and requiring fewer treatment sessions.
Special laser wands are used in this treatment. They are quite flexible and are able to reach sensitive areas in which psoriasis is common, like the scalp, soles of feet, palms of hands, knees and elbows.
How It Works
Treatment sessions are convenient and non-invasive, taking place as an in-office procedure. You can anticipate that each session will take only about 20 minutes to complete. Only minimal discomfort is involved, if any.
Once the treatment is over, patients are free to resume their everyday activities or go back to work. The patient does not have to worry about a lengthy recovery time.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
The concentrated light of laser therapy works particularly well for small areas of mild to moderate psoriasis. Results are significant and take usually between eight to 10 sessions to achieve. They usually last up to a year. Laser treatment for psoriasis doesn’t come with the many side effects associated with oral medications, nor the long regimen required for traditional light therapy.
Learn More About Laser Therapy
If we’re all being honest, nobody wants to live with psoriasis. The condition can be bothersome, inconvenient and downright embarrassing. Talk to our doctor at Southeastern Dermatology about laser treatment for psoriasis if you have tried other methods without success, or if you are simply sick and tired of dealing with your symptoms. Our office is located in Lumberton, NC, and we happily serve the Fayetteville, NC and surrounding cities. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more about our treatment options for psoriasis.