The advanced alternative
As a psoriasis sufferer you know how debilitating this
disease can be You've tried a variety of treatments but none has delivered
relief from the redness, scaling, and itching you experience. Now there is
an effective alternative to topical creams, ultraviolet phototherapy, and oral
drugs. A treatment that will allow you quickly to resume a normal, active
Advanced pulse dye laser technology, successfully used
to treat a wide variety of skin lesions in adults and children, now is proving
to be a remarkably powerful weapon in the battle against psoriasis. And no
one knows more about pulse dye lasers than Cynosure.
Before you decide on laser treatment for your
psoriasis, here are some things you should know about the Cynosure pulse dye
How does the laser work?
Cynosure pulse dye laser technology is particularly
suited for the treatment of psoriasis because it provides for the selective
elimination of small blood vessels that support the growth of the psoriatic
plaque. With these vessels gone, the growth of the plaque should be
significantly slowed or discontinued.
Does it work on all types of psoriasis?
The Cynosure pulse dye laser is ideal for treating
stable, localized psoriatic plaques typical in mild to moderate psoriasis.
How many treatments are required?
Results are seen within three to four weeks.
Typically, five to six monthly treatments are recommended.
Does it work on everyone?
Initial clinical studies demonstrated that 73% of
patients experienced more than 70% clearance of their psoriatic plaques.
Of the remaining patients, some 15% obtained about 50% clearance, 5% minimal
clearance, and 7% experienced no change, which is consistent with other, more
Is the treatment difficult?
Not at all. In fact it's a simple two-step
Step One --
physician will prescribe a lotion, which you will apply on the areas to be
treated for one week prior to treatment.
Step Two --
the treatment day your physician will coat the designated areas with a special
fluid to enhance their receptivity to the laser. Then the physician or
medical assistant will treat the areas with the laser. A typical
four-inch square area will require several minutes.
Is the treatment painful?
There is some minor discomfort associated with the
treatment. Most patients describe the treatment as a series of rubber
band snaps to the skin. Your physician can reduce or eliminate this
discomfort by providing you with a topical anesthetic or by cooling the
treated area with ice or an air-cooling device.
Will pulse dye laser treatment be more
effective than PUVA, narrow band UVB, creams or drugs?
While your results should be comparable to other types
of treatment, pulse dye laser technology frees you from the potential
undesirable side affects commonly associated with other treatments. For
- Pulse dye laser treatment requires fewer treatments
and less time than PUVA, or narrow band UVB, and will not cause aging or
your normal skin as is the case where the entire body is exposed to UV.
- Pulse dye laser radiation is not UV, which is
typically mentioned in conjunction with skin cancer.
- Pulse dye laser treatments are less messy than the
daily application of creams and lotions.
- Unlike drugs, pulse dye laser treatments are
Will pulse dye laser treatment be more effective
than other laser treatments, such as with excimer lasers?
At publication of this information, data from initial
studies were available using excimer and pulse dye lasers. These initial
studies indicate a significantly longer remission time with pulse dye, using a
similar number of treatments. In addition, pulse dye treatment uses
light at a wavelength proven safe enough to use on newborns, not ultraviolet
(UV) light, which has been associated with skin cancer and aging.
Will insurance cover my treatments?
You will most likely be charged a flat fee for the
complete series of treatments. Since the treatment is specific to
eliminating the plaque vasculature or vessels, some insurance companies may
cover it as they do other vascular lesion conditions such as warts or port
wine birthmarks. A lot may depend on whether your request is for medical
or cosmetic purposes, or a combination.
How safe are pulse dye lasers?
Pulse dye lasers have been used since 1983 to treat port
wine birthmarks and hemangiomas in infants as young as two days old.
Today pulse dye lasers are routinely used in thousands of medical and cosmetic
treatments in more than 80 countries. More than 100 peer-reviewed
articles have been published on pulse dye laser treatments, including several
on psoriasis treatment.
Where can I find a physician?
First, ask your own physician about treatment. If
he/she does not offer laser treatment but considers you a candidate, contact
Cynosure UK and we will endevour to put you in contact with a local