Phototherapy in Dermatology

Phototherapy in Dermatology

Phototherapy is the science where ultraviolet or visible light is utilized for therapeutic purpose to cure some skin diseases.

Types of phototherapy:

1. Ultraviolet A (UVA)

2. Ultraviolet B (UVB)

3. Narrow band (NBUVB) therapy

4. Targeted phototherapy

Phototherapy is performed with either lasers or non-laser devices which emit UV light that is eventually absorbed by the skin chromophores at the level of dermis and epidermis of skin that alters the mechanisms involved in disease causation.

Conditions treated with phototherapy

FDA Approved:

1. Vitiligo

2. Psoriasis

Offlabel use:

  • Atopic dermatitis

  • Acne

  • Alopecia aerata

  • Additional uses of phototherapy (mycosis fungoides, pityriasis lichenoids, urticaria pigmentosa, morphea, scleroderma, lichen planus, lichen simplex chronicus)

Devices available at Royal Lush:

1. NBUVB chamber and portable handy devices for home use

2. Excimer Laser

3. Light based targeted phototherapy

4. Photodynamic therapy