Psoriasis

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Minneapolis Psoriasis Treatment:

Psoriasis is an common, immune mediated, chronic inflammation of the skin. It can sometimes affect the joints as well (psoriatic arthritis). The red scaly plaques of psoriasis can affect the scalp, face, and body. Dr. Tareen will tailor a psoriasis treatment regimen for you that may include topical or oral medications, as well as injectables or laser and phototherapy devices that will give you significant improvement and hopefully long term clearance! At Tareen Dermatology, we strive to keep treatment options for psoriasis both healthy and affordable.

Of note, psoriasis affects more than 7.5 million people in the United States. Psoriasis can develop at any age and affects both men and women. We know that both family history and environment can stimulate the development of psoriasis. At Tareen Dermatology we understand that psoriasis is much more than a cosmetic disorder- it has an emotional and physical impact. We will work with you to help develop a treatment plan than addresses all of your needs.

More about Excimer Laser and Phototherapy for Psoriasis at Tareen Dermatology

Convenient: Psoriasis laser or phototherapy treatments are painless and take only a few minutes, twice to three times a week.

What Patients Say about Excimer Laser Treatments
“I’ve had moderate psoriasis since I was a child. My doctor told me he could help me achieve remission with the excimer laser. I was skeptical, but now, for the first time in 10 years, I can wear short-sleeves and a bathing suit. I am experiencing remission for the first time in my life.”
-Marilyn R

3 months phototherapy“The  excimer laser is the only treatment that has ever worked for my scalp. I’ve tried injections, creams, shampoos, oral medications, and none of it worked. But, since I started the laser treatments, my scalp has cleared more than 85%. There is no pain or side-effects.”
-Gary D.

How do Excimer Lasers work?
The excimer laser creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to psoriatic lesions through a handpiece. By targeting only active lesions and limiting exposure to healthy skin, the laser delivers high-dose treatment for fast clearing and long remission.

Who is a candidate for psoriasis treatment?
The laser is ideal for treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Traditionally hard-to-treat areas such as knees, elbows, and scalp are easily treated, thanks to the laser’s aiming beam and adjustable spot size handpiece. The targeted high-dose therapy can treat stubborn plaques, even those that have not responded to other treatments. Ask if laser treatment is right for you.

How does treatment compare with other psoriasis treatments?
Unlike topical creams and gels, treatment with the laser does not require any daily maintenance. Each patient is unique, but some patients enjoy several months of treatment-free remission.

How safe is the treatment?
The laser may have fewer shortcomings than many common psoriasis treatments. Due to the targeted nature of laser therapy, the healthy skin’s exposure is limited.

What can I expect during treatment?
Treatment will take place in your doctor’s office. First, Dr. Tareen will determine the best dosage level for you. Then, we will apply the laser therapy. Most treatments take only a few minutes.

psoriasis (2)Does psoriasis 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. Tareen will create a customized course of therapy for you based upon the extent, thickness, and location of the lesions.

How do I prepare for psoriasis treatment?
No extensive preparation is required for laser therapy. Just ensure that the skin to be treated is clean, dry, and free of any make-up, 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 lesion site. More serious side effects such as blistering and hyper-pigmentation are rare and short-lived.

Are laser treatments covered by insurance?
Many national, state, and local insurance companies cover the laser treatment, but coverage levels will vary by plan. Contact us at 651-633-6883 or contact@tareendermatology.com for details about your insurance coverage.

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