Anti Aging
Don't let embarrassing skin disorders kill your confidence. Skin disorders treated successfully using Phototherapy. It is a known fact that exposure ultraviolet (UV) light can kill cells causing skin disorders. Phototherapy makes use of the same technique exposing the skin to artificial UV light of appropriate dosage in a specialized room. Phototherapy when given under supervision of a skin specialist is absolutely safe without any risk of burns and skin cancer.
  • Vitiligo - white patches
  • Pityriasis Lichenoides Chronica
  • Psoriasis
  • Generalised morhea and many more skin disorders
What is Phototherapy Treatment ?
The term Phototherapy literally means the use of light, especially ultraviolet light to treat medical conditions. Natural sunlight has known to be beneficial in certain skin disorders for thousands of years and it is the ultraviolet part of the radiation produced by the sun that is used in phototherapy, in particular the Ultraviolet A (UVA) and Ultraviolet B (UVB) wavelengths.
Patients can be treated with the full UVB spectrum (Broadband UVB) or just a small part (narrowband UVB). UVA treatment usually comprises UVA radiation combined with a sensitizer (a chemical that increases the effect of UVA) on the skin called Psoralen (PUVA=Psoralen+UVA).
How does Phototherapy Treatments work?
Ultraviolet light reduces inflammation of the skin and help in various inflammatory skin disorders. PUVA is a more potent form of treatment, so is usually reserved for patients who do not respond to UVB.
What conditions can be treated with Phototherapy?
Psoriasis is the most commonest skin condition treated with ultraviolet light. Other skin disorders which benefit are Atopic Eczema, other forms of dermatitis, polymorphic light eruption, generalized itching, pityriasis lichenoids, Cutaneous T cell lymphoma, lichen planus and many other skin disorders.
What does Phototherapy involve?
Phototherapy treatments are given 2-5 times a week depending on the condition, in a walk in cabinet containing fluorescent light bulbs. In Phototherapy treatments ,The average course lasts between 15 and 30 treatments. The first few treatments will often last less than one minute and will gradually increase up to a number of minutes.
The amount of skin exposed to the ultraviolet light will depend primarily on the extent of the skin condition and for most of the patients all the skin is exposed to the ultraviolet light except the eyes and male genitalia.
PUVA treatment involves making skin extra sensitive to UVA by means of a Psoralen, which is taken either orally by tablets 2 hours prior to procedure or by application of a solution directly on to the skin.
In what conditions should one avoid taking Phototherapy Treatments?
Your Consultant Dermatologist at DrGVG Aesthetic Clinics after obtaining a detailed assessment will decide which patients are suitable for Phototherapy. Here are a few conditions in which Phototherapy should be completely avoided:
  • People with very fair skin who burn easily on sun exposure.
  • If the existing skin disorder is worsen by natural sunlight.
  • Skin damaged by excessive sunlight exposure, sunbeds or previous ultraviolet treatments.
  • In cases of Lupus Erythematosus or Xeroderma Pigmentosum
  • Previous history of skin cancer
  • Patients on Immunosuppressant’s.
  • Pregnant and lactating patients.
  • In conditions of severe kidney or liver disease.
Precautions to be taken before starting Phototherapy Treatment?
Avoid medicines that make skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light. In case of any new medicines prescribed including herbal preparations inform the Doctor. Additional sun exposure or use of sun beds.
Excessive consumption of foods such as celery, Carrots, figs, citrus fruits and parsley, these make the skin more sensitive to ultraviolet light.
Perfumed products Creams, ointments and lotions other than moisturizers unless directed by the Doctor. Short haircuts, as they may result in burning of previously unexposed skin.
What are the potential side effects of Phototherapy treatments?
Short-term side effects of Phototherapy include:
  • Redness and discomfort (sunburn)
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Rashes
  • Cold sores
  • Blisters
  • Worsening of skin disease.
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