XTRAC Laser Treatment in Austin
The XTRAC Laser is the only FDA-cleared, clinically proven excimer laser (a form of UV laser) that gets skin clear of psoriasis
. It can also help minimize or in some cases eliminate vitiligo
What Makes the XTRAC Unique?
The XTRAC laser can treat anywhere on the body, even sensitive areas, as well as patients at any age with any skin type. It’s also different from other UV therapies because of the speed, efficacy, and comfort of the therapy. There are no systemic effects or risk of permanent skin damage. Additionally, the treatment is painless.
The XTRAC laser uses targeted UVB which means your Provider is able to select and treat only the affected tissue(s). This means healthy skin isn’t treated, which allows for higher treatment doses. As a result, the XTRAC laser can produce faster and better results in fewer treatments. Psoriasis is believed to be caused by a build-up of cells on the skin’s surface. By targeting the cells that are multiplying too quickly, XTRAC can significantly improve the symptoms of psoriasis. It’s also covered by most major insurance companies, so check with your insurance provider.
XTRAC Laser Treatments & Results
XTRAC is a quick treatment, taking only 5-10 minutes each time. We recommend you get two treatments per week to maximize results. There are no systemic effects from it, and you can see results within a month (or 10-12 treatment sessions).
What Does XTRAC Treat?
The most common use for the XTRAC laser is to treat plaque psoriasis, the most common form of psoriasis. Though it does not cure the causes of psoriasis, regular bi-weekly treatments have shown significant quelling of symptoms. XTRAC not only relieves the effects of flares but also may shorten the duration of flares.
XTRAC has also been effective in treating nail psoriasis and scalp psoriasis, as found in a 2016 study. Because of the relatively low risk of side effects and the versatility of the handheld device, XTRAC can address difficult areas to treat such as knees, elbows, and genitals. In addition to psoriasis, XTRAC is also FDA approved to treat vitiligo (Leukoderma) and eczema (Atopic Dermatitis).
What To Expect During XTRAC Treatment
XTRAC is performed with a handheld device that delivers the UVB rays to the affected areas. The quick procedure is relatively painless, with some reporting a slight burning sensation. The most common side effect is redness or blistering in the treated area, but these too are typically mild. No downtime is needed after the procedure.
Are There Side Effects With XTRAC?
Some patients experience side effects including blistering of the skin. Hyperpigmentation may also develop, though it will fade over time once treatments are complete. You’ll also want to avoid sun exposure afterward and between XTRAC sessions, like with many other cosmetic treatments.
How to Get XTRAC Treatments
If you’d like to speak to a Provider about if XTRAC might be right for you, call 512.930.3909 or request an appointment online at one of our Greater Austin area locations.