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XTRAC® Excimer Laser Therapy | psoriasis and vitiligo treatment

The XTRAC laser is a type of excimer laser that uses ultraviolet light to treat many forms of psoriasis.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved XTRAC to treat psoriasis and other conditions that cause symptoms in the skin. It can help reduce the appearance of patches of psoriasis.

It is not a first-line treatment for psoriasis, but there is evidence to suggest that it can help reduce or remove skin symptoms.

QUICK FACTS

Effective treatment — symptoms** reduced generally in 10-12 treatment sessions

Long-lasting relief — typically several months free of symptoms**

Painless and quick treatments

Relief without messy creams and daily skin care regimen

Covered by most major insurance companies, available by Rx

Effective treatment — symptoms** reduced generally in 10-12 treatment sessions

Long-lasting relief — typically several months free of symptoms**

Painless and quick treatments

Relief without messy creams and daily skin care regimen

Covered by most major insurance companies, available by Rx

LEARN ABOUT VITILIGO

Vitiligo is a pigmentation disorder in which melanocytes—the cells that make pigment—in the skin are destroyed. Once the melanocytes are destroyed, white patches surface on the skin. These white patches may appear on any location of the body and in multiple areas. This destruction is thought to be due to an acquired autoimmune problem, but the cause is unknown.

About 0.5 to 1 percent of the world’s population, or as many as 65 million people, have vitiligo. In the United States, 1 to 2 million people have the disorder. Half the people who have vitiligo develop it before age 20 and; most develop it before their 40th birthday. The disorder affects both sexes and all races equally; however, it is more noticeable in people with dark skin.

VITILIGO IS NOT FOREVER

Fortunately, XTRAC treatments can minimize and, in many cases, even eliminate vitiligo depigmented patches. The XTRAC excimer laser delivers a targeted beam of UVB light and only the areas of skin affected by vitiligo receive the laser energy.

Though the laser spot size measures only 2cm x 2cm, due to rapid exposure times, relatively large, discrete areas can be treated in just 5 to 10 minutes, which is much faster than the duration of conventional phototherapy light sessions. And most importantly, XTRAC treatments achieve complete response rates faster in a higher proportion of patients.

VITILIGO CLINICAL RESULTS

In one clinical study, 32 patients with 55 vitiligo patches were treated with the [XTRAC] 308nm laser. All areas were treated until 75% or greater repigmentation was achieved or for a total of 30 semi-weekly sessions, whichever occurred first.

The final analyses showed that of 21 facial spots treated, 71.5% achieved 75% or greater repigmentation. The next best responses were attained treating neck and scalp areas, of which 60% benefited with 75% or greater repigmentation.

Other studies have concluded that when XTRAC is used as monotherapy, repigmentation of rates greater than 75% are seen in more than 50% of patients but response rates as high as 95% have been achieved, It has also been noted that repigmentation can be seen in as few as 11 treatments.

LEARN ABOUT PSORIASIS

Of all autoimmune diseases, psoriasis is the most common with nearly 7.5 million Americans affected. You are not alone.

While its precise cause is not fully understood, scientists know that the immune system and genes play key roles in its development. Psoriasis is unpredictable. It may be limited to a few lesions or may involve moderate to large areas of skin. When less than 3% of the body is affected by psoriasis, it’s considered mild; 3 to 10% of the body psoriasis is considered moderate; and more than 10% is considered severe.

(For most individuals, the palm of the hand is about the same as 1% of the skin surface.)

LIVE CLEAR. LIVE FREE.

Psoriasis is a chronic disease with no known cure, but it can be put into prolonged remission with treatments that manage its symptoms and clear its visible signs. With XTRAC you can LIVE FREE and CLEAR of the physical and emotional burdens of psoriasis.

One of the most effective solutions is the XTRAC light treatment, the only FDA-cleared excimer laser clinically proven to slow and reverse the growth of psoriatic cells. The XTRAC excimer laser delivers a highly targeted therapeutic beam of UVB light to areas of skin affected by psoriasis without harming the surrounding skin.

PSORIASIS CLINICAL RESULTS

Published by the American Academy of Dermatology

Of patients meeting clinical study protocol requirements
84% reached improvement of 75% or better after 10 or fewer treatments
50% reached improvement of 90% or better after 10 or fewer treatments

“The XTRAC appears to have considerable advantages over other available treatment modalities for psoriasis, including fewer treatments to achieve results, and the added safety of site-specific dosing without exposure to healthy skin. In addition, this study has shown the XTRAC to be well tolerated and effective in treating thick, scaled plaques on the knees and elbows, which are often resistant to treatment.”

(download full study here)

Published by the Journal of Photodermatology, Photoimmunology & Photomedicine

“All patients in the study noticed improvement in their scalp psoriasis and 49% of the patients obtained a greater than 95% improvement.”

XTRAC THERAPY FAQS

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.

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.

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

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.

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

No. The XTRAC treatment is pain free.

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.

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.

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, an XTRAC physician can discuss a cash payment plan.

The XTRAC Therapy is performed two to three times per week in your physician’s office. Your physician will discuss with you the best treatment program that fits your need.

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

The XTRAC Therapy limits exposure of healthy skin to treatment. Also, there is no thinning of the skin as is common with topical medications. There are also none of the dangerous health risks often associated with biologics and systemic medications.

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