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Use of Lasers for the Treatment of Psoriasis and Vitiligo

  • Maya G. DebbanehEmail author
  • Eric S. Lee
  • John Koo
  • Judith Hong
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Abstract

Psoriasis and vitiligo are two chronic inflammatory skin conditions that have long been treated with phototherapy. Recently, laser theropy has become an alternative to generalized light treatment, as lesions can be targeted more directly and generally require less treatment sessions. While a variety of lasers have been tested for both the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo, the most commonly used laser for this purpose is the excimer laser, which uses a wavelength of 308 nm. This chapter discusses the indications and use of lasers in the treatment of psoriasis and vitiligo.

Keywords

Laser Psoriasis Vitiligo Hypopigmentation Phototherapy Excimer 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maya G. Debbaneh
    • 1
    Email author
  • Eric S. Lee
    • 2
  • John Koo
    • 3
  • Judith Hong
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity of California, IrvineSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous SurgeryUniversity of Miami—Miller School of MedicineMiamiUSA
  3. 3.Department of DermatologyUniversity of California, San Francisco Psoriasis CenterSan FranciscoUSA
  4. 4.Department of DermatologySan Francisco Veteran Affairs Medical CenterSanta RosaUSA

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