Sunday, December 25, 2016

Effective painless Excimer laser gives hope to San Antonio residents with Vitiligo, Alopecia, Eczema and Psoriasis

For the first time in their lives, patients who suffer from some of the defigurating skin diseases — including psoriasis, vitiligo, alopecia areata and atopic dermatitis — have real hope for effectively, and painlessly treating their skin.

Texas Institute of Dermatology, Laser and Cosmetic Surgery is the first practice in the area to offer the Alma-308 excimer laser, a gentle and painless phototherapy laser technology shown to be effective in alleviating these difficult-to-treat skin conditions. The procedure is performed at the dermatology clinic at 24165 W IH 10, #102, San Antonio, TX.

Excimer laser offers painless treatment with no recovery time for patients.

The excimer laser is different from cosmetic lasers, which are usually associated with pain during treatment and post-treatment downtime for the patient. Instead, the excimer laser delivers a highly energetic but painless beam of ultraviolet B (UVB) light directly to the psoriasis, vitiligo and atopic dermatitis patches through a hand piece that rests directly on the patient’s skin.

The excimer laser delivers more effective phototherapy treatments for patients with skin diseases, and is more convenient and painless for patients.
Excimer laser delivers more effective phototherapy treatments for patients with skin diseases, and is more convenient and painless for patients. clear graphic

It features the most advanced optical technology on the market, including an adjustable spot size and guided aiming beam, to precisely target only the affected skin and spare the surrounding healthy tissue from exposure.

Alopecia Areata
Excimer laser is effective in Alopecia Areata whether its on scalp, eyebrow or face.

Psoriasis is a non-contagious, lifelong autoimmune skin disease that affects an estimated 5- 7 million Americans. The most common form, plaque psoriasis, appears as raised, red patches or lesions covered with a silvery white buildup of dead skin cells called scale. In addition to discomfort and itching, psoriasis patients commonly suffer from social embarrassment and depression.

The usual treatments are messy, time-consuming and costly. At Texas Institute of Dermatology, patients come in twice each week for an average of 4-6 weeks, and each treatment session usually takes only 5-10 minutes. Patients usually enjoy several months of treatment-free remission.

“Patients really like it,” said Reza F. Ghohestani, M.D. Ph.D, Dermatologist and Laser specialist who has years of experience in treatment of autoimmune skin diseases.

Vitiligo is characterized by the white patches of skin on different parts of the body as a result of the destruction of melanocytes. Vitiligo is not contagious. For some people, although not for everyone, the depigmentation is progressive. Vitiligo affects 1 to 5 percent of the world’s population, including approximately 2 million Americans.

Prior to the excimer laser, vitiligo patients’ treatment options were usually limited to topical steroids with limited efficacy and traditional phototherapy that often required hundreds of treatments and exposed all of the patients’ skin to UV light, increasing risks such as photo-aging and carcinogenicity. Now vitiligo patients at the UT Health Science Center’s dermatology clinic can benefit from the excimer laser’s proven repigmentation technology with none of the downsides of steroids or old-fashioned phototherapy.

Atopic dermatitis and eczema
The excimer laser also treats topic dermatitis, hereditary skin inflammation that commonly affects infants, children and young adults.

For appointments, patients can call the office for appointment at (210) 698-6777.

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