Frederick Dermatology Associates is pleased to announce the addition of the Pharos Excimer Laser for treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo. Pharos delivers the same wavelength of ultraviolet B that is used in our office for phototherapy, but in a more targeted and concentrated way. In addition to the pharos laser for localized plaques, Frederick Dermatology Associates offers total body narrowband UVB by National Biologic. This can be used in addition to the Pharos to supplement for more widespread psoriasis.
Quick Facts about Pharos:
- Effective treatment — symptoms** reduced generally in 10-12 treatment sessions
- Long-lasting relief — typically several months free of symptoms**
- Painless and quick treatments
- Relief without messy creams and daily skin care regimen
- Covered by most major insurance companies.
Since receiving FDA clearance in 2000, the Pharos Excimer Laser has come to be recognized by dermatologists worldwide as the market leader in the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo.
Pharos Lasers produce a highly effective, safe, and painless therapy by delivering a targeted, super-narrow UVB band to affected areas, resulting in effective and rapid improvement without the worry of harmful side effects of invasive, systemic agents.
Frequently Asked Questions About Pharos
Who Should Consider Pharos Therapy?
Almost all patients with plaque psoriasis are candidates for the Pharos Therapy. If you have mild, moderate or severe psoriasis, you should consider the Pharos Therapy.
On what body Areas can the Pharos 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 the Pharo Therapy safe to use on Children?
Yes. Pharos treatments have been performed on children as young as just a few years old.
Is Pharos safe for use on Pregnant or Nursing Women?
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.
Is Pharos Therapy Painful?
No. Most patients feel no pain or discomfort during the Pharos Therapy.
Does Pharos Therapy Require Anesthesia?
No. The Pharos treatment is pain free.
How long Does a Pharos 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 ten to fifteen 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 or longer than other psoriasis treatments.
Is Pharos Covered by my Insurance?
All major insurance companies and Medicare provide coverage for the Pharos laser treatments
How much does Pharos Therapy cost?
The Pharos Therapy is covered by all major insurance companies and Medicare. If you are covered by insurance, typically your costs will be your standard co-pay or deductible costs. If you do not have insurance coverage, an Pharos physician can discuss a cash payment plan.
How Often is Pharos Therapy Given?
The Pharos Therapy is performed two times per week at Frederick Dermatology Associates.
Can I use Other Treatments Along with Pharos, such as Topicals or Biologics?
Our providers can define the best treatment protocol for you and whether the Pharos Therapy should be used with other medications.
How do I start my Pharos Therapy at Frederick Dermatology?
Contact us for an appointment or give us a call at 301.662.6755.
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