XTRAC® Excimer Laser
New York City board-certified dermatologist Dr. Cameron Rokhsar is a leading expert in cosmetic and laser surgery. He performs patient-tailored procedures and consultations. Dr. Rokhsar provides treatments with top of the line lasers in his Garden City and Upper East Side Manhattan offices where he utilizes some of the leading lasers for skin conditions, such as Xtrac Excimer Laser to treat psoriasis, vitiligo, and other conditions.
Previously, the xtrac excimer laser been used for years in eye surgery, but a new version of the ultraviolet laser has proven to be successful in the treatment of psoriasis. It can be used to treat much larger areas of the skin at once, which expedites the time it takes to control psoriasis patches and the pigment condition vitiligo.
Psoriasis is a is a chronic inflammatory disease that can cause mild to severe skin problems, which appear as thick, red, itchy, flaky patches along the face, arms, legs, and torso. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, there are roughly 7.5 million people in the United States living with psoriasis today. The condition can be embarrassing and itchy, which is why patients often seek treatment as soon as symptoms surface on the skin.
Approximately 80 percent of patients with psoriasis have plaque psoriasis, which can develop into psoriatic arthritis, which can lead to years of pain. It appears most commonly on the knees, elbows, scalp, trunk, and nails.
Oftentimes, patients will turn to steroid creams or other topical medications on the area where patches appear. But for more severe conditions, dermatologists will prescribe oral medications or light therapy. However, medications come with side effects and light therapy can require two to three months of treatment.
Fortunately, Dr. Rokhsar provides his patients who are living with psoriasis with the xtrac excimer laser, which targets and delivers ultraviolet light to the area of patches without harming the surrounding healthy skin. Because there’s no cure for psoriasis, the excimer laser can help control the areas of mild to moderate psoriasis.
The xtrac excimer laser can also be used for other dermatological conditions. It has been found to be a successful treatment for vitiligo, which is a disease that causes skin color loss in the form of blotches across the skin. It is a sporadic condition that can affect any area of the body , including the hair, genitals, inside of the mouth, and eyes. Skin color is determined by cells that produce melanin, and in the case of vitiligo, the cells die off or stop functioning.
The xtrac excimer laser is one of the most effective approaches to treating vitiligo on dark-skinned patients, especially for facial blotches. The treatment outcome provides predictable results for patients with severe vitiligo across their skin. It also works well on the hands, arms, chest area, and other highly visible areas.
Each excimer laser treatment takes less than 10 minutes, during which Dr. Rokhsar will target the psoriasis patches. Patients may feel a sensation of warmth or a light snapping sensation at the treatment site. It provides rapid improvement that patients can turn to when other options have failed.
Visit Dr. Rokhsar at one of his offices in the Upper East Side of New York City or Garden City, Long Island for a consultation followed by a tailored treatment plan for your skin condition.