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Xtrac Excimer Laser

Psoriasis, vitiligo, and eczema are all skin conditions that are notoriously difficult to treat. In the past, patients with these conditions often had to resort to expensive medications with serious side effects, lengthy phototherapy sessions, or learn to live with the unpleasant symptoms of the disorder. With the revolutionary XTRAC excimer laser, many patients can now find relief from these skin conditions without the need for invasive measures! Dr. M. Christine Lee is pleased to offer this treatment to patients at The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute in Walnut Creek, CA. So, they can stop worrying about their skin and get back to their lives.

Xtrac Excimer Laser, Walnut Creek

XTRAC vitiligo laser treatment

With the XTRAC laser, vitiligo can be a thing of the past! The XTRAC laser was first introduced in 2000 and has been cleared by the FDA to treat vitiligo on the face, neck, chest, and other areas of the body (when appropriate dosing and precautions are taken). The XTRAC laser using targeted UVB light rays and a small laser spot size can selectively target the depigmented patches of skin caused by vitiligo to minimize their appearance and, in many people, eliminate them. The XTRAC excimer laser uses rapid exposure times. So, Dr. M. Christine Lee can treat even large patches of skin in a short time.

Additionally, our precise application of UVB triggers the migration of the melanocyte cells that produce melanin pigment. Melanin gives your skin, hair, and eyes their color. In turn, melanin is produced in depigmented areas.

On average, more than half of patients (52%) saw a 75% improvement in pigmentation to areas with vitiligo lesions after 23 treatment sessions. Almost 19% of those studied entirely resolved lesioned areas after an average of 19 treatments. Most of those who achieved 100% improvement had skin type No. 3, light brown or olive skin that typically tans easily. The great majority of those treated (at nearly 64%) achieved at least 50% improvement in the appearance of vitiligo lesions. The number of treatment sessions required to get stunning results from this clinically proven technology depends on factors, such as how your skin responds to UVB and the location of the lesions. As melanocytes are transferred to depigmented areas, you may see coloring in the form of brown spots or freckles after just ten treatments. Initial responses, such as freckles, typically appear around the follicles where hair grows. The XTRAC differs from other therapies in that it selectively treats vitiligo patches. Tissue outside of the affected treatment areas is spared. So, this system is safe, low-risk, and achieves predictable improvements quickly.

XTRAC laser for eczema

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is a widespread condition that affects millions of children and adults in the United States. It can have various symptoms but typically manifests as:

  • Red, crusty, and scaly patches
  • Itchiness
  • Weeping of clear fluid
  • Swollen or cracking skin

It can be challenging to get rid of eczema without regular use of medications. Still, with XTRAC laser, you can effectively treat atopic dermatitis without any adverse side effects of steroid creams or other topical remedies. The UVB light used in XTRAC is more effective at treating eczema in patients with moderate to severe cases than different treatments. It has also been shown to reduce itching by as much as 81% in as little as four weeks.

XTRAC for psoriasis treatment

Psoriasis is an autoimmune condition in which your skin generates too many cells due to overactive T-cells. That results in scaly patches on the skin that can be red, irritating, painful, or itchy. Patients who have mild to moderate psoriasis have found immense relief with the XTRAC laser treatment. It is even an appropriate treatment for those patients who have not had success with medications. The XTRAC excimer laser can also be used in combination with biological therapies to help clear stubborn psoriasis plaques. People of all ages, including children, can be treated with XTRAC excimer laser for psoriasis. There is little to no pain during treatment, and it is safe and effective. It is the first excimer laser cleared by the FDA for treating psoriasis.

XTRAC laser and skin cancer

Since the XTRAC laser uses UVB rays, which can increase the risk for skin cancer, many people wonder if the benefits outweigh the risks when considering this therapy. UVB treatments have been used for many years to treat psoriasis and other skin issues effectively. We use a tiny beam size and treat only the affected areas of the skin. So, your risk is minimized. Dr. Lee is happy to discuss any concerns you may have about the side effects and dangers of XTRAC therapy.

Schedule your appointment today

Whether you are suffering from a painful skin condition such as eczema or psoriasis, are tired of trying to hide vitiligo spots, or need to have a skin cancer lesion removed, the versatile XTRAC excimer laser may be an excellent choice for you. To schedule a consultation and discuss your options with Dr. M. Christine Lee, call The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute in Walnut Creek, CA today at (925) 528-0117.

Dr. Christine Lee

Dr. Min-Wei Christine Lee

Dr. Christine Lee is a Board-certified Dermatologist with sub-specialties in laser surgery, cosmetic surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, facial plastic reconstruction, and dermatologic surgery. She leads The Skin And Laser Treatment Institute as its Director and serves as Clinical Faculty for the Department of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. Patients travel from across the globe for her expertise, and Dr. Lee has trained thousands of stateside and international doctors.

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