Treatment for Psoriasis

Our skin is the body’s largest organ and one of the first features we notice in a person. Our skin often makes the very first impression, so if you are dealing with psoriasis or other skin conditions you may feel embarrassed about your appearance. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that affects the skin, causing red, scaly patches (called plaques) that most often develop on the head, knees and elbows. If you are experiencing symptoms of psoriasis, it’s important that you turn to a dermatologist for care.

Psoriasis can easily be diagnosed through a simple physical exam where our dermatologist is able to thoroughly evaluate these scaly, crusty patches to determine whether they are due to psoriasis or another condition. Even though psoriasis is considered a chronic condition, our dermatological team here at Young Dermatology can create a customized treatment plan to help you control your symptoms and improve the appearance of your skin.

While psoriasis may be treated through topical or oral steroids or retinoids, or through the use of biologics, our team also offers Xtrac laser, a revolutionary new laser therapy to help those dealing with mild-to-severe psoriasis. Xtrac laser may be ideal if your symptoms aren’t responding to other medications and therapies, or if you’re looking to avoid certain side effects that could result from taking biologics or other powerful medications used to treat psoriasis.

Through Xtrac laser treatment, our dermatologists can provide focused phototherapy that targets and treats patches of inflamed skin due to psoriasis without affecting nearby tissue. The Xtrac handheld device also makes it easy to treat any and all areas of the body including those hard-to-reach areas including the scalp. It may also be more effective at treating and clearing up plaques than traditional light therapies including UV light therapy.

Xtrac laser treatment only takes a matter of minutes, making it an easy and painless treatment option even for those busy individuals. You may also need fewer treatment sessions with the Xtrac laser than other more traditional light therapies. Most patients will undergo 2-3 sessions per week, with most patients requiring around 10 to 12 sessions.

If you’ve been dealing with embarrassing psoriasis symptoms and want to find out if XTRAC laser is the right treatment for you, call Young Dermatology at (206) 456-4464 to schedule an evaluation.