Phototherapy

Narrowband ultraviolet B light treatment is a safe and effective treatment for psoriasis. The use of UV light can slow the rapid growth of skin cells seen in psoriasis patients. The clearance rate of psoriasis is up to 95% within 2-3 months on this treatment.

  • Narrowband UVB phototherapy can reduce the need for steroid creams and tablets
  • Treatments are safe, convenient and over within minutes
  • UVB light is safer and more effective than UVA light for the treatment of psoriasis
  • Most parts of the body can be treated with phototherapy, including the hands and feet
  • All narrowband UVB treatments are bulk billed at The Psoriasis Institute

nbUVB phototherapy concentrates light energy to one wavelength (311nm) within the ultraviolet B spectrum.

Research has proven that this wavelength has the greatest anti-inflammatory properties and yet the lowest side-effect profile amongst all phototherapy light sources.  By filtering out other wavelengths, the result is increased efficacy, convenience and safety. Our device emits a high intensity, precise dose of the light in gradual increments individually prescribed by your dermatologist for your type of psoriasis.

If used correctly, up to 95% clearance of plaque psoriasis can be seen within 2-3 months of treatment. Phototherapy can be used in most types of psoriasis including guttate psoriasis, plaque psoriasis as well as hand and foot psoriasis.

Phototherapy sessions are quick, painless, and self managed. Ideally patients should attend at least 2-3 times a week, however with a special ‘fast clear program’ up to 5 visits a week can be performed.

Each session starts at around 10-20 seconds and may build up to 2- 3 minutes. You do not need to have any special appointment time to undertake phototherapy. Our flexible working hours enables you to undertake this treatment between 0730-1645 Monday to Friday, and 0900-1230 on specific Saturday mornings.

Almost all types of psoriasis can be treated with narrowband UVB phototherapy. This includes guttate psoriasis, plaque psoriasis, hand psoriasis, and to a certain degree scalp psoriasis. Most forms of psoriasis respond well to light treatment. The only type of psoriasis we do not treat with light therapy is psoriasis affecting the genitals. At the Psoriasis Institute we also offer hand and foot phototherapy.

Your specialist will decide what is the best treatment for you.

In the correct hands, phototherapy for psoriasis is very safe, with little or no side effects. Uncommonly seen side effects include mild sunburn like reactions, and itchy skin that may last for a few days.

The current standard is that up to 300 treatments of nbUVB phototherapy can be performed without any increase in skin cancer.

On the side of caution, patients with a personal or direct family history of melanoma are usually excluded from phototherapy. Additionally, patients with sun sensitive skin conditions such as lupus are excluded from this treatment.

There are many advantages of phototherapy for the treatment of psoriasis. Treatments are cost affective (on Medicare), safe, effective and hassle free. There is no need to apply any creams, or take any tablets. The treatment however does require dedication. You are generally required to attend 2-3 times a week.

Questions to ask before having phototherapy:

Am I motivated to receive this form of psoriasis treatment?

Can I attend 2-4 sessions per week?

Will my motivation last at least a month?

The Psoriasis Institute is open on some Saturday mornings, providing added convenience for phototherapy patients.

All phototherapy sessions are bulk-billed at the Psoriasis Institute - patients have no out of pocket costs.

At the Psoriasis Institute, your dermatologist will assess your suitability for phototherapy and personalize a treatment program for your condition and skin-type.

An assessment is needed prior to phototherapy to make sure you are a suitable candidate for this treatment. 95% of patients pass the test, and you may start on phototherapy on the day. All treatments are bulk billed with no referral needed to commence treatments.

Call the Institute on (07) 3899 4894  to arrange for an assessment time.

Phototherapy can be an excellent method of treating most forms of psoriasis, including disease on the trunk, limbs face as well as the hands and feet. Treatment is over within seconds. Narrowband UVB phototherapy can limit the use of steroid creams as well as the need for tablets. Typically patients undergo 2-5 treatments for 2-3 months per year, with clearances of up to 95%. For stubborn areas of psoriasis, I often combine Vitamin A with phototherapy.

The safety profile of this treatment has been proven over the past two decades.

Dr Shiva Baghaei -  Consultant Dermatologist, The Psoriasis Institute

PATIENT TESTIMONIAL

  • Narrowband Phototherapy has done wonders for my psoriasis. Only two treatments a week, less than 5 minutes a week and it’s under control. This has helped me decrease my steroid cream application to once a week.
    - Gordon R. St Lucia
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