How Are Lasers Used to Treat Plaque Psoriasis?
Lasers utilize ultraviolet rays to treat plaque psoriasis. In this video, Dendy Engelman, MD, a dermatologic surgeon with Metropolitan Hospital Center, explains just how this painless procedure works.
In our office, we can use something
called eczema laser or ultraviolet B laser, in order to target the plaques of psoriasis
and decrease the inflammation. It's actually immunosuppressive. In psoriasis, our immune system is actually revved up,
and instead of turning over cells in a 28 day cycle, we actually do it closer to one week. And so this is a way to suppress that
to go back to normal cycling in the skin, so that those plaques are thicker and they're not as itchy or irritated.
Narrowband UVB light is used to treat psoriasis. And it's a little bit scary sometimes when we think about getting a laser treatment,
but eczema laser is actually one of the few that doesn't hurt. It just feels like a warm beam of light
that goes over the psoriasis plaque, but you don't feel any pain-- really not much sensation at all. And it's a very comfortable treatment and not something
beauty personal care
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