Phototherapy or narrowband UVB light treatments are done by exposing therapeutic doses of ultraviolet light under medical supervision. It is a medical ultraviolet cabinet that emits narrowband light, intended for the treatment of psoriasis, vitiligo, and atopic dermatitis. At SKIN Clinics, we have three devices to treat the body, hands, and feet.
How many treatments will I need?
The key to success is consistency. Treatments are usually recommended 1 to 3 times a week, and take anywhere from 10 seconds, to 3 minutes. A follow up appointment will be scheduled with the dermatologist two to three months after your first UVB treatment to determine your progress and whether you should continue treatment.
Is phototherapy the same as using a tanning bed?
Tanning beds are not designed for medical purposes are not supported as a substitute for phototherapy. The light in tanning beds is not regulated, and does not offer the proper wavelengths of light to treat skin conditions. The risk of skin cancer and skin damage is greatly increased with the use of tanning beds.
How much do phototherapy treatments cost?
Phototherapy is covered by Manitoba health when prescribed by a physician and can only be performed under the supervision of a dermatologist.