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New Treatment Option

Sunday, June 24, 2012

We are excited to announce a new treatment option that is now available to our patients.  It is called "Narrow Band UV-B" and is used for a multitude of conditions.

Do you have psoriasis? Vitiligo? Resistant hand eczema?  Mycoses fungoides?  These conditions and others can be controlled successfully using narrow band UV-B (or NBUVB).

What is it exactly?  NBUVB emits a narrow wavelength of light in the UV-B spectrum that has been shown to maximize improvement of many skin conditions while minimizing risks.  Treatments are quick and easy and are completed in the office setting with little or no discomfort.  Each treatment can last as little as 20 seconds or as long as 5-10 minutes, depending on the settings and the patient’s skin type.  Treatments are typically repeated 3 times a week (Mon-Wed-Fri), but alternate frequencies are approved in certain condition and situations.

Doc, isn’t a tanning bed or laying out at the pool the same thing?  The short answer is no.  Tanning beds have all sorts of harmful rays, which have been proven to cause skin cancer including increasing your risk of melanoma, the most deadly of skin cancers as well as cause photo-aging.  Getting significant amounts of natural sunlight can lead to the same risks of skin cancer and photo-aging.  What is photo-aging?  Photo-aging is the premature wrinkling and breakdown of skin due to excessive amounts of UV exposure.  Bottom line, photo-aging means you will look older and have more wrinkles than necessary.  NBUVB, however, limits these side effects by eliminating the “harmful” UV rays and only keeping a very narrow spectrum of UV-B, specifically the portion that is most helpful for certain skin conditions.

Our office has installed the latest equipment, which is armed with a higher level of safety than previous devices.  We have dedicated machines to treat only the hands or the feet (or both at the same time) as well as a dedicated machine to treat the entire body (or limited portions, as necessary).

Our patients already know we offer evidenced based recommendations using the latest evidence and treatment parameters.  Now, there is one more option.  Schedule a consultation today to find out more.

 

Eric Weisberg, M.D.

Board Certified Dermatologist


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