Excimer Laser Treatment for Vitiligo
therapy is the perfect treatment for vitiligo.
How Do Excimer Lasers Work?
The excimer laser creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to vitiligo patches through a handpiece. By targeting depigmented patches, the laser stimulates repigmentation and limits exposure to healthy skin.
Who Is the Right Candidate for the Treatment?
laser therapy is for patients of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. The laser is ideal for localized areas, including the face, neck, and torso. Traditionally, hard-to-treat areas such as the underarms, hands, and feet are also easily treated, thanks to the laser aiming beam and adjustable spot-size handpiece
The targeted therapy can treat stubborn patches, even those that have not responded to other treatments.
How Does Treatment Compare With Other Vitiligo Treatments?
Unlike most treatments that have low efficacy or significant side effects, the laser can repigment with a small number of treatments in a relatively short period of time with minimal side effects.
Compared to UVB booths and PUVA that may take 6 months to 1 year of sessions, some excimer laser patients achieve repigmentation in 30 or fewer sessions. Total UV radiation is lower than with UVB booths or PUVA. Treatments are fast and no pharmaceuticals are needed.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
First, Dr. Ness will determine the best dosage level for you. Then, the laser therapy is applied. Most treatments take only a few minutes.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
Most patients experience no pain or discomfort. A few patients may feel slight warmth shortly after treatment. This warmth is mild and short lived. No anesthesia is needed.
How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Need?
Dr. Ness will create a customized course of therapy for you based upon the extent, degree of depigmentation, and location of the patches. Patients may enjoy repigmentation after 30 or fewer sessions.
How Do I Prepare for Treatment?
No extensive preparation is required for laser therapy. Just ensure that the skin to be treated is clean, dry, and free of any makeup, lotion, or creams containing SPF protection.
Are There Side Effects?
The side effects of laser therapy are minimal. Most patients report no side effects. A few patients have reported a mild and short-lived redness at the treatment site. More serious side effects such as blistering and hyperpigmentation are rare and short lived.
Are Laser Treatments Covered by Insurance?
Most insurance companies cover the laser treatment, but coverage levels will vary by plan. Contact your insurance company or us at 701-478-7747 for details about your insurance coverage.