PHAROS is a clinically proven excimer laser that gets skin clear of psoriasis — and it works fast. Because PHAROS delivers a highly targeted, therapeutic beam of UVB light only to areas of the skin affected by psoriasis, healthy skin surrounding the area stays that way.
Who should consider PHAROS therapy?
All patients with limited plaque psoriasis are good candidates.
On what body areas can the PHAROS therapy be used?
The PHAROS therapy can be used on any plaque psoriasis regardless of location on the body. The PHAROS therapy is excellent for hard to treat areas such as the scalp, knees or elbows.
Is anesthesia required with the therapy?
No. The PHAROS treatment is pain free.
Is the PHAROS therapy safe to use on children?
Yes. PHAROS treatments have been performed on children as young as just a few years old.
How quickly will I see results?
Most patients will begin to notice improvement in their psoriasis within 3 or 4 treatments. Significant improvement is often seen in 6 to 10 treatments, with clearance in 10 to 20 treatments. Individual results will vary.
What conditions does PHAROS treat?
The PHAROS Therapy provides UVB phototherapy for the treatment of skin conditions including psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and leukoderma.
Are there side effects or risks associated with PHAROS?
PHAROS has none of the drawbacks often associated with other psoriasis treatments — such as premature aging of healthy skin, skin thinning, resistance to medication, or potential negative systemic side effects. Some patients, however, experience a reaction similar to sunburn or blistering at the site of the treated area and in some cases, an increase in pigmentation may occur.
How long does a treatment take?
Treatments are relatively quick. The exact time depends on how many psoriasis areas are being treated with the PHAROS. Typically, patients can be in and out of the treatment room in minutes.
How long will psoriasis clearing last?
Each patient is unique, but psoriasis sufferers who have experienced the PHAROS therapy have found that relief can last for extended periods of time, typically 4 to 6 months — longer than other psoriasis treatments.
Is the PHAROS therapy safer than other treatments?
The PHAROS therapy is extremely safe compared to other prescription treatments. The PHAROS therapy does not expose your healthy skin to treatment. Also, there is no thinning of the skin as is common with topical medications. There is also none of the dangerous health risks such as cancer, tuberculosis, even death, as associated with biologics and systemics.
Is there any pain associated with the PHAROS therapy?
No. Most patients feel no pain or discomfort during the PHAROS therapy.
Can I use other treatments along with the PHAROS therapy, such as topicals or biologics?
An PHAROS physician can define the best treatment protocol for you and whether the PHAROS therapy should be used with other medications.
How often is the PHAROS therapy given?
The PHAROS therapy is performed two or three times per week in your physician’s office. Your physician will discuss the best treatment program that fits your need.
Is the PHAROS therapy safe to use on pregnant or nursing women?
Is the PHAROS therapy covered by my insurance company?
All major insurance companies and Medicare provide coverage for the PHAROS laser treatments. For questions about insurance coverage, please contact our office.