XTRAC treatment for Psoriasis Pittsburgh

XTRAC is the only FDA-cleared, clinically proven excimer laser that gets skin clear of psoriasis – and it works fast, with many patients seeing significant improvements and long-lasting remissions. Because XTRAC delivers a highly targeted, therapeutic beam of UVB light only to areas of the skin affected by psoriasis, healthy skin surrounding the lesions stays that way.

How It Works

xtrac-laserUsing a carefully focused beam of laser light delivered through a sophisticated liquid light guide 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 health care technician to deliver the high therapeutic doses necessary for rapid clearing without risk to healthy skin.

The Development of XTRAC

For decades, dermatologists have used ultra-violet light therapy for the effective and safe treatment of many skin disorders, including psoriasis. The medical engineers and research teams at PhotoMedex in coordination with Rox Anderson, M.D. at Harvard Medical School and Wellman Center of PhotoMedicine in Boston, created the XTRAC to produce a monochromatic wavelength (308nm) of ultraviolet light known to positively impact the psoriasis action spectrum.

Backed by Science

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XTRAC has been cleared by the FDA and cited in over 45 clinical studies and research programs with findings published in peer-reviewed medical journals around the world. XTRAC is also endorsed by the National Psoriasis Foundation and the technology is part of the approved clinical protocols recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology. Over 2 million XTRAC treatments have been performed by leading dermatologists around the world and with excellent patient results.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should consider the XTRAC Therapy?

Almost all patients with plaque psoriasis are candidates for the XTRAC Therapy. If you have mild, moderate or severe psoriasis, you should consider the XTRAC Therapy.

On what body areas can the XTRAC Therapy be used?

The XTRAC Therapy can be used on any plaque psoriasis regardless of location on the body. The XTRAC Therapy is excellent for hard to treat areas such as the scalp, knees or elbows.

Is the XTRAC Therapy safe to use on children?

Yes. XTRAC treatments have been performed on children as young as just a few years old.

Is the XTRAC Therapy safe to use on pregnant woman or women who are nursing?

Yes.

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 there any pain associated with the XTRAC Therapy?

No. Most patients feel no pain or discomfort during the XTRAC Therapy.

Is anesthesia required with the Therapy?

No. The XTRAC treatment is pain free.

How long does a treatment take?

Treatments are relatively quick. The exact time depends on how many psoriasis areas are being treated with the XTRAC. 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 XTRAC Therapy have found that relief can last for extended periods of time, typically 4 to 6 months or longer than other psoriasis treatments.

Is the XTRAC Therapy covered by my insurance Company?

All major insurance companies and Medicare provide coverage for the XTRAC laser treatments.

How much does the Therapy cost?

The XTRAC 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, Premier Plastic Surgery, Dermatology can discuss a cash payment plan. Our office also offers convenient financing plans such as Care Credit.

How often is the XTRAC Therapy given?

The XTRAC Therapy is performed two to three times per week in our Pittsburgh office. Our clinicians will discuss with you the best treatment program that fits your need.

Can I use other treatments along with the XTRAC Therapy, such as topicals or biologics?

Our clinicians can define the best treatment protocol for you and whether the XTRAC Therapy should be used with other medications.

Is the XTRAC Therapy safer than other treatments?

The XTRAC Therapy is extremely safe compared to other prescription treatments. The XTRAC 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.

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