Dr. Scott Karempelis from Dermatology Associates of Atlanta answers a reader’s question about psoriasis and skin cancer.
Q: Is it true that lasers can be used to treat chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and skin cancer?
A: Today’s laser technology is highly specialized, with many types of FDA-approved lasers being used to treat common and rare skin conditions alike. At DDA’s Laser Institute of Georgia, the PHAROS EX-308 Excimer is the newest FDA-approved laser for psoriasis, using UV light to treat even the most difficult areas like the hands, feet, knees, elbows and scalp. In addition to cosmetic issues such as wrinkles, the CO2 Ultrapulse laser can be used to destroy abnormal cells in some forms of skin cancer or precancerous growths.
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