How does XTRAC work?
Using a carefully focused beam of laser light delivered through a sophisticated fiber-optic delivery system, the XTRAC system is designed to clear unsightly psoriatic skin plaques quickly and effectively. Because it concentrates light on active lesions, XTRAC allows your doctor to deliver the high-exposure doses necessary for rapid clearing without risk of damage to healthy skin. On the first visit, your physician may test your skin to determine your optimum dosage level. Then the XTRAC hand-piece is moved over the affected area, applying laser light at your determined dose. Depending on the area to be treated this typically only takes a few minutes.
How quickly will I see results?
Of course, results will vary. However, individuals with mild to moderate psoriasis can often obtain clearance generally in 12 treatment sessions. You may experience relief of symptoms beginning after one or two treatments.
Is there any pain?
Most patients feel no pain or discomfort during the short XTRAC treatment sessions. Sometimes after some treatment sessions, you may experience a sun burn type response. While uncomfortable, this is often a good indicator that a helpful dose of laser energy was delivered. No anesthesia is necessary. Not only is the XTRAC treatment free of pain, it has few of the drawbacks often associated with other psoriasis treatments, such as premature skin aging, skin thinning or resistance to medication. And the XTRAC system can be used successfully on hard-to-treat areas of the body such as elbows and knees.
How long will clearing last?
Each case is unique, but psoriasis sufferers who have experienced XTRAC treatment have found that relief can last for extended periods of time. Remissions are expected to last at least as long as with conventional phototherapy, which is typically several months, but you will probably need fewer treatments per year to remain free of symptoms.
Is this treatment covered by health insurance?
The XTRAC excimer laser is typically reimbursed for mild to moderate plaque psoriasis by most major insurance companies. For more information, visit:XTRAC Excimer Laser
FAQ for Vitiligo
If you suffer from vitiligo, you know the frustrations – white spots that cause uneven skin color and, until now, no effective treatment. Finally, you may be able to enjoy relief from the unsightly symptoms of vitiligo. With the revolutionary XTRAC® excimer laser system, some suffering from vitiligo can have satisfying results. With multiple treatment sessions, each possibly lasting just a few minutes, the XTRAC can have a positive impact on your condition.
Is the XTRAC Laser safe?
The XTRAC is the first excimer laser system FDA approved to treat vitiligo.
How does this laser work?
The XTRAC laser utilizes UVB light to potentially stimulate melanocytes that may be present deep in the skin. UVB light is known to stimulate melanocytes.
Where is this laser the most effective?
Clinical studies have indicated that the XTRAC laser tends to be most successful treating vitiligo on the face and neck, and least successful in the hands and feet.
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