Phototherapy in Southampton, PA
What is Phototherapy?
Phototherapy is the use of medicated light to treat psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis/eczema, itching, and various other
skin disorders. In treatments, the skin is exposed to a special type
of light which comes from a medical device commonly referred
to as a phototherapy unit. These units range from hand-held and
table-top devices for spot treatment of small areas to cabinet or
“walk-in” units for patients requiring full body treatment. The
medical lamps in these phototherapy units emit ultraviolet (UV)
light in a wavelength that creates changes within the skin cells.
The cells in most patients then begin to behave normally, which
reduces or eliminates the symptoms of the skin disease.
Narrow Band UVB has become a very popular phototherapy option
for many dermatologists. It doesn’t require the use of medications
or drugs, is very effective and has very few side effects. However
your doctor will determine which type of UV light would be most
beneficial for you.
Is it a Cure?
Phototherapy is quite effective in treating the symptoms of psoriasis, vitiligo, and other skin disorders. But, because these skin disorders are chronic, genetic diseases, flare-ups can occur periodically throughout life. How long the clearing of symptoms will last after treatment varies from patient to patient, but phototherapy treatments can resume at any time if a patient’s symptoms return.
Is it Safe?
Phototherapy is a safe and desirable treatment option for many patients, especially when compared to other alternatives. A possible side effect is erythema (pinkness, like a sunburn). Exposure to unfiltered ultraviolet light can increase the risk of premature aging of the skin and the risk of certain kinds of skin cancer. Studies have shown that medical grade narrow band UVB light does not increase the risk for skin cancer.
Who is Phototherapy For?
Your provider will determine if phototherapy is right for you. In general, phototherapy is for patients of any age with moderate to severe cases of psoriasis, vitiligo and other skin disorders which respond favorably to light. It has no systemic side effects, requires no oral medications, and is accessible to patients with underlying issues that make topical or systemic treatment undesirable. The phototherapy suite is wheelchair accessible.
What is Treatment like?
Phototherapy is a painless treatment consisting of exposing the affected areas of skin to the light. Your physician will choose the type of UV light that is best for you and develop a treatment plan specific to your condition. A common treatment plan consists of 2-3 treatments a week over several weeks. Treatment times are typically very brief, usually lasting only minutes.
Do I see my provider at every phototherapy visit?
While you will be under the care of your provider, a phototherapy technician or a nurse may administer your individual treatments. Your provider will want to see you periodically to monitor your progress.
Phototherapy can offer relief for several different types of skin conditions. If you’ve never head of phototherapy treatment, then you could be missing out on an easy way to solve some of the annoying skin problems you’re facing. At Penn Dermatology Specialists, we utilize phototherapy to fix many conditions. Here’s what you need to know about our phototherapy services.
Phototherapy treatment can be used to safely heal certain medical conditions. Some of the most common problems this therapy can help are:
Our dermatologist for vitiligo in Southampton PA also uses light therapy to help restore pigment to certain areas.
Light therapy is a safe and minimally invasive procedure that requires little to no recovery time.
If you’re ready to find relief for your skin conditions, then call us to schedule you for a light therapy session. You’re going to love how smooth and clear your skin looks after our treatment.
Before & After Vitiligo
Before & After Psoriasis
What Phototherapy Box will I be in?
Pennsylvania Dermatology Specialists utilize the NeoLUX 3 platform from Daavlin as our phototherapy booth. This unit features:
- Crystal Clear acrylic interior, which protects from accidental lamp contact. It also makes for easy sterilization in between patients.
- The Crystal Cool temperature management system provides an optimum environment for the patient. Two cooling fans with a patient controlled on/off switch are available for patients who want to feel airflow during their treatment.
- NeoLux features SmartTouch™ technology, Daavlin’s proprietary control system that provides a host of usability and safety benefits to the patient. SmartTouch incorporates such features as permanent patient records, built-in protocols, operator tracking, and monitoring systems that prevent errors in dosing.