385 Route 18 South, Suite E
Ferris Plaza, corner W Ferris
East Brunswick, NJ 08816
PHONE (732) 390-1883
FAX (732) 907-1711
ALEXANDER SHRAGA, MD, MPH, FAAD
DAVID H. CIOCON, MD, FAAD
IRINA MILGRAM, MS, PA-C
SARAH ESPOSITO, MS, PA-C

The PHAROS EX-308 Excimer laser was developed to treat psoriasis and vitiligo

Convenient: Treatments are painless and take only a few minutes, twice a week, for a few weeks.

Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

How do PHAROS Excimer Lasers work?

The EX-308 excimer laser creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to psoriatic lesions and vitiligo patches 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 treatment?

For psoriasis: Traditionally hard-to-treat areas such as knees, elbows, and scalp are easily treated. The targeted high-dose therapy can treat stubborn plaques, even those that have not responded to other treatments.

For vitiligo: Patients of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. The laser is ideal for localized areas including the face, neck, and torso. Traditionally hard-to-treat areas such as the underarms, hands, and feet are also easily treated. The targeted therapy can treat stubborn patches, even those that have not responded to other treatments.

How does treatment compare with other psoriasis and vitiligo treatments?

For psoriasis: 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.

For vitiligo: Unlike most treatments that have low efficacy or significant side effects, the laser can repigment with a small number of treatments in a relatively short period of time with minimal side effects. Compared to UVB booths and PUVA that may take 6 months to 1 year of sessions, some excimer laser patients achieve repigmentation in 30 or fewer sessions. Total UV radiation is lower than with UVB booths or PUVA. Treatments are fast and no pharmaceuticals are needed.

How safe is the treatment?

The laser may have fewer shortcomings than many common 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 our office. Most treatments take only a few minutes.

Does 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?

We will create a customized course of therapy for you based upon the extent, thickness, and location of the lesions.

How do I prepare for 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. Our billing staff will determine your insurance coverage.