Dermatology

A Little Light Can Change A Life

Clear Chronic Skin Conditions with Advanced Excimer Lasers

Ra Medical Systems is dedicated to innovation that improves the lives of people suffering from some of the most common, yet difficult-to-treat, dermatological diseases. Physicians and medical facilities around the world rely on our lasers to safely treat patients every day. Millions of treatments have helped hundreds of thousands of patients enjoy healthier, clearer skin in fewer sessions and with significantly less radiation, discomfort, risk, or side effects than any other therapy has previously achieved.

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Psoriasis

Success Stories on Tough-To-Treat Scalp and Foot Psoriasis

Targeted Smart Laser Therapy for Psoriasis

Psoriasis treatments have come a long way. And the Pharos excimer laser is the market leader in targeted, customizable, painless laser therapy that can clear localized and recalcitrant plaques even in hard-to-treat areas.

Targeted
  • Energy – Delivers only 308-nm UVB, the most efficacious wavelength for maximum T-cell apoptosis, the “targeted cell death” of the white blood cells causing the hyperproliferation of skin cells that make up psoriatic plaques
  • Delivery – One-of-a-kind integrated adjustable iris enables precise target treatment of only the psoriasis and protects the healthy skin from exposure
  • Dosing – Each individual lesion is easily treated with the maximum efficacious dose at each treatment session for rapid, maximum plaque reduction

 

Pharos Increases Scalp Psoriasis Patient’s Self-Confidence and Quality of Life

Smart
  • Fewer Sessions – Clearance in about 1/3 the number of treatments as UVB booths
  • Non-Systemic – Suppresses the immune system only in the localized treatment area instead of the patient’s entire body
  • No Restrictions – Suitable for all ages and skin types
Laser
  • Painless – Non-thermal, laser phototherapy light delivers clearance with no discomfort during treatment and no post-treatment downtime
  • Fast – Treatment sessions take only minutes and most patients see improvement in 10 or fewer sessions, averaging 14-16 sessions for significant clearance
  • Powerful – Efficacious on the most stubborn plaques and challenging areas including scalp, hands and feet, elbows and knees, and intertriginous areas

Vitiligo

Success Stories of Vitiligo Re-pigmentation with Pharos

Delivering a 2-Pronged Approach for Successful Repigmentation

Vitiligo is a chronic and challenging disease in which many patients have been told that “nothing can be done.”

The good news is that, for many patients, this is no longer true.

The Pharos excimer laser delivers 2-pronged laser therapy which produces greater and more profound repigmentation for vitiligo than any other therapy available.

1st – Using monochromatic 308-nm UVB laser light, the Pharos induces T-cell apoptosis, the targeted destruction of the white blood cells that are destroying the patient’s melanocytes (pigment cells) and causing the patches of depigmentation. This stops the progression of the disease in the affected area so that no more melanocytes are destroyed.

2nd – Simultaneously, the same 308-nm UVB laser light stimulates whatever melanocytes are left in the depigmented area to hyper-produce more melanosomes that contain melanin (pigment) to repigment the skin back to its natural color.

Targeted
  • Delivery – One-of-a-kind integrated adjustable iris contours the laser beam to match the size and shape of the lesion treated
  • Precision – Exact target-treatment of only the depigmented areas prevents the surrounding skin from hyper-pigmenting
  • Dosing – Each individual lesion is easily treated with the maximum efficacious dose at each treatment session for rapid, maximum repigmentation
Smart
  • Fewer Sessions – Clearance in about 1/3 the number of treatments as UVB booths
  • Non-Systemic – Suppresses the immune system only in the localized treatment area rather than patient’s entire body
  • No Restrictions – Suitable for all ages and skin types
Laser
  • Painless – Non-thermal, laser phototherapy light delivers repigmentation with no discomfort during treatment and no post-treatment downtime
  • Safe – Shallow penetration of the 308-nm to only the basal layer means no intraocular eye shields are needed, even for treating periorbital areas and directly on eyelids
  • Fast – Treatment sessions take only minutes and most patients see improvement in about 2 months, averaging 3 months of therapy for significant repigmentation

 

Pharos Transforms 8-Year Old Vitiligo Patient’s Life

Atopic Dermatitis

Amazing Remission for Dyshidrotic Eczema with Pharos

“Ouchless” Laser Therapy for Our Littlest Patients’ Atopic Dermatitis

Children hold a special place in the hearts of Ra Medical System’s team, and delivering targeted smart laser therapy for atopic dermatitis patients, especially the littlest ones, drives us to deliver the safest and most efficacious therapy possible.

Targeted
  • Delivery – Unlike UVB booths that expose healthy skin along with the affected tissue, Pharos reduces concerns about lifetime cumulative radiation for children
  • Energy – Delivers only 308-nm UVB, a highly efficacious wavelength for breaking the bonds of the inflammatory cytokines that cause dermatitis
  • Dosing – Each individual lesion is easily treated with the maximum efficacious dose at each treatment session for rapid clearance
Smart
  • Safe – Removes the risk of children being unsupervised in UVB booths
  • Parent-friendly – Parents are right there as their children are being treated
  • Non-Steroidal – Eliminates the risk of skin atrophy from prolonged steroid use
Laser
  • Painless – Non-thermal and non-ablative treatment mean “ouchless” sessions, even for the smallest patients
  • Fast – Treatment sessions take only minutes and most patients see improvement in 10 or fewer sessions, averaging 12-16 sessions for significant clearance
  • No Restrictions – Suitable for all ages and skin types

Leukoderma

Cosmetic Repigmentation with Targeted Smart Laser Therapy

Leukoderma, including white scars and stretch marks, present one of the greatest challenges in cosmetic dermatology as it is treatment-resistant and has limited treatment options.

Until now.

The Pharos delivers pinpoint accurate, targeted laser repigmentation without hyperpigmenting the surrounding healthy skin. Its collimated laser beam delivers therapeutic 308-nm energy to the melanocytes (pigment cells) in the basal layer to stimulate repigmentation even in tissue damaged by the cause of the hypopigmentation.

Targeted
  • Delivery – One-of-a-kind integrated adjustable iris contours the laser beam to match the size and shape of the lesion treated, including on linear scars
  • Precision – Exact target treatment of only the depigmented areas prevents the surrounding skin from hyperpigmenting
  • Dosing – Each individual lesion is easily treated with the maximum efficacious dose at each treatment session for rapid, maximum repigmentation
Smart
  • Uniform Beam – Flat-top laser beam means no “hot” or “cold” spots for uniform delivery of energy and optimal cosmetic improvement
  • Collimation – Superior collimation of laser light means a higher percent of the therapeutic dose reaches the melanocytes for maximum repigmentation
  • No Restrictions – Suitable for all ages and skin types
Laser
  • Painless – Non-thermal, laser phototherapy light delivers repigmentation with no discomfort during treatment and no post-treatment downtime
  • Safe – Shallow penetration of the 308-nm only to the basal layer means no intraocular eye shields are needed, even for treating periorbital areas and directly on eyelids
  • Fast – Treatment sessions take only minutes and most patients see improvement in about 2 months

Effective. Safe. Convenient.

How do Pharos excimer lasers work?
Pharos creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of ultraviolet light that is delivered to the affected areas through a handpiece that rests directly on the skin. By precisely targeting only diseased tissue without exposing healthy skin, the laser safely delivers high-dose treatment for effective results and long remission.

Who is a candidate for Pharos treatment?
The laser is suitable for patients of all ages and skin types, even women who are pregnant or nursing. Pharos is ideal for localized areas including the face, neck, and torso. It is efficacious on hard-to-treat areas such as knees and elbows, hands and feet, and scalp. The targeted high-dose therapy can effectively treat stubborn areas, even those that have not responded to other treatments.

How does treatment compare with other therapies?
Unlike topical creams, treatment with Pharos does not require any daily maintenance. Each patient is unique, but many patients enjoy several months of treatment-free remission after completing their laser sessions.

Is treatment safe?
Due to the advanced targeting of Pharos, exposure to healthy skin is significantly limited. This low UV exposure may reduce the chances of premature skin aging. There is no thinning of the skin, easy bruising, or stretch marks often caused by steroids, nor any of the systemic side effects caused by some oral or injected medications.

What can I expect during treatment?
Treatment with Pharos is fast, simple, and usually causes no discomfort to patients. Each procedure will take place in a physician’s office. The provider will place the laser handpiece directly on the affected areas and apply the laser therapy. Most treatments take only a few minutes. A few patients may feel slight warmth shortly after treatment. This warmth is mild and short-lived.

How do I prepare for treatment?
No extensive preparation is required for Pharos therapy. The skin to be treated should be clean, dry, and free of any make-up, lotion, or creams containing SPF protection.

Are there side effects?
The side effects of laser therapy are minimal. Most patients report no side effects at all. A few patients have reported a mild and short-lived redness at the treatment site. More serious side effects such as blistering and hyper-pigmentation are rare and short-lived.

Reimbursement

Pharos excimer laser treatments have become the standard of care for mild to moderate psoriasis and localized vitiligo.

For more than a decade, carriers including Medicare, Medicaid, Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, and many others have reimbursed excimer laser treatments under special laser CPT® codes 96920, 96921, and 96922.

Typical reimbursement per treatment ranges from $150 to $250, depending on the size of the area treated.
Insurers generally cover 12 to 20 treatments per course of therapy, and 2 or 3 courses of therapy each year.

For atopic dermatitis, Medicare and private insurers generally cover the Pharos as narrowband phototherapy under CPT® code 96910.

Coverage may vary according to patients’ individual plans.
Talk to your physician’s billing staff for details about your insurance coverage.

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  • "Our patients love the results"

    "The Pharos has been a great addition to our practice. Our patients love the results, especially our vitiligo patients and our psoriasis patients. It's been a great purchase for the clinic."

     

    Sidney B. Smith, MD, DermaHealth, Richland, WA

     

  • "The economics in going with Ra Medical Systems’ Pharos make it a no-brainer."

    "Our Pharos excimer has been a real workhorse in our practice. Of all of the lasers in the office, it is one of the most used. I consider it indispensable. It's a must-have in the armamentarium of treating vitiligo and fills an important niche for many of our..."  Read More

     

    Bill Halmi, MD - Arizona Advanced Dermatology, Gilbert, AZ

     

  • "I can't imagine practicing without it."

    "Even in the age of new oral systemic and biologic therapies, I find the excimer laser an extremely useful tool to have at my disposal. As an alternative to systemic therapy or a compliment to it, my patients love having another option at their disposal. Now that I..."  Read More

     

    Michael Sonabend, MD – Complete Dermatology, Sugar Land, TX

     

  • "The most profitable laser in our practice."

    "The Ra Medical Systems’ excimer laser has been the most profitable laser in our practice. It has exceeded our expectations on efficiency, clinical efficacy, and patient satisfaction."

     

    Nathan Trookman, MD - Colorado Springs Dermatology, Colorado Springs, CO

     

  • "Outstanding results delivered by this laser"

    "The Pharos laser has been a mainstay for treatment of resistant localized plaque psoriasis in our office for many years. We are on our third generation Pharos excimer laser from Ra Medical Systems and treatments are in high demand by our patient population who know the outstanding results..."  Read More

     

    David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA

     

  • "Name the condition, Pharos excimer laser treats it."

    "I think the most important fact is that the Pharos excimer laser is not just for psoriasis.  It is beneficial for the treatment of atopic dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, lichen planus, alopecia, and parapsoriasis. We get very few insurance denials, most companies approve multiple treatments, and payments are substantial. ..."  Read More

     

    Jack Murphy, MD – LaPlace Dermatology Clinic, LaPlace, LA

     

  • "Better Results than with the Other Excimer Laser"

    "I've been an excimer laser patient for a few years. Recently my physician switched from offering the other excimer laser to the Pharos laser and I am experiencing even better results.  My Pharos treatments not only provide quicker results but also an overall improvement in my condition. I..."  Read More

     

    Tracy M., Patient, Chicago, IL

     

  • "Best business and medical decision I have ever made."

    "We are very pleased with the laser and I think of it as one of the best business and medical decisions I have made."

     

    Scott Sanders, MD - Scott Sanders Dermatology, New York City, NY

     

  • "Financial benefits of the laser in practice"

    "The financial benefits are simply enormous. This is an insurance covered procedure and can generate a significant amount of revenue for your practice. In our particular practice, billings run an average $20,000 per month with this device, with a significant collection ratio. In addition, many patients will elect..."  Read More

     

    David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA

     

  • "Best Laser I Have"

    "It works extremely well and is a money maker for my practice.  It’s the best laser I have."

     

    Josiane Lederman, MD - Dermatology Associates, Staten Island, NY

     

  • "Having the excimer laser as part of our armamentarium against psoriasis has brought us many patients who are seeking a clinic that is state of the art"

    "I think it’s important to stay on top of new technology and having the excimer laser as part of our armamentarium against psoriasis has brought us many patients who are seeking a clinic that is state of the art, who has the latest treatments and new treatments for psoriasis..."  Read More

     

    Robert Beer, Robert Beer, MD – Balfour Dermatology, Brentwood, CA

     

  • "I am extremely pleased how effective the Pharos has been for my scalp psoriasis patients"

    "I am extremely pleased how effective the Pharos has been for my scalp psoriasis patients, especially those who have not responded to topical treatments. It has also been exceptionally effective for intertriginous lesions and vitiligo. The Pharos has been completely reliable in our high volume practice. Ra Medical's..."  Read More

     

    Jerry Bagel, MD - Winsor Dermatology and Psoriasis Treatment Center of Central New Jersey, Winsor, NJ

     

  • "I'll Sing Their Praises!"

    "A model vendor. I will sing their praises to my peers anytime."

     

    Eitan Homa, MD – Dermatology Associates of the Bay Area, Hercules, CA

     

  • "Ra Medical Systems is an outstanding company"

    "Ra Medical Systems is an outstanding company. Over the years of ownership, we have had very few minor service issues with our laser and they have been handled rapidly, efficiently and without recurrence. The ownership experience with this particular laser system, as an owner of multiple laser systems..."  Read More

     

    David Vasily, David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA

     

  • "It definitely works"

    "When I started treatments, about a quarter of my face was affected. Now, after 32 treatments, the treated areas are more than 85% repigmented. People who did not see me before cannot detect I ever had vitiligo. If I had vitiligo any other place, I would definitely get..."  Read More

     

    Anonymous Patient, A.D. Dermatology Associates, Seattle, WA

     

  • "Efficient and simple operation."

    "We are enjoying our Pharos laser and are happy with the efficiency and simpler operation. Patients are also happier than with our previous excimer laser."

     

    Usha Sood, MD - Harper Dermatology Laser Beauty Center, Roseville, MI

     

  • "My go-to treatment for dyshidrotic eczema"

    "It’s one of my go-to treatments for dyshidrotic eczema and other types of eczema, especially when it’s located in small areas. These people suffer for years and it’s so hard to control. Many of them work with their hands or even just computer work and it can be so..."  Read More

     

    Robert Beer, MD – Balfour Dermatology, Brentwood, CA

     

  • "Wicked Happy"

    "Wicked happy with the laser and the company."

     

    Theodore Daly, MD – Garden City Dermatology, Garden City, NY

     

  • "Won’t harm healthy skin"

    "We’ve used traditional light therapy for psoriasis treatment for a long time, but the Pharos will allow us to treat the patient with fewer sessions that reach deeper in the affected skin. However, because only the psoriasis plaques are treated, we won’t harm healthy skin around them."

     

    Malinee Saxena, MD - My Dermatologist, Inver Grove Heights, MN

     

  • "The excimer laser is very efficient"

    "Patients who are excellent candidates for the excimer laser are patients with more localized plaque psoriasis of elbows, knees, buttocks, or as an add-on adjunctive therapy after full body NB UVB exposure in our phototherapy box. The excimer laser is very efficient in clearing flexural crease psoriasis, as..."  Read More

     

    David Vasily, David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA

     

  • "The only treatment that has ever worked for my scalp"

    "The Pharos is the only treatment that has ever worked for my scalp. I've tried injections, creams, shampoos, oral medications, and none of it worked. But, since I started the laser treatments, my scalp has cleared more than 85%. There is no pain or side-effects."

     

    Gary D., Patient, Riverside, CA

     

  • "No more steroids for my patients."

    "Our practice is the first in Milpitas to offer the state-of-the-art Pharos excimer laser therapy for psoriasis, vitiligo, and atopic dermatitis. The Pharos is painless, there is no downtime, and treatments are often covered by insurance. Laser treatments are ideal for difficult to treat areas including the elbows..."  Read More

     

    Katherine Hong Do, MD - Katherine Hong Do Dermatology, Milpitas, CA

     

  • "Excellent results."

    "We have had excellent results using the Pharos to treat patients."

     

    Arlo Miller, MD – Miller Family Dermatology, Issaquah, WA

     

  • "Remission of psoriasis for up to 6 months"

    "Fortunately, our dermatologists are well-versed in psoriasis and the many treatments available. Our practice is one of a few that offers Pharos excimer laser treatments, which deliver focused narrowband UVB light that can provide remission of psoriasis for up to 6 months."

     

    Franziska Ringpfeil, MD – Ringpfeil Advanced Dermatology, Haverford, PA

     

  • "Less expensive than renting."

    "If you are renting an excimer, you might find it's actually less expensive to purchase the Pharos device."

     

    Jerome Potozkin, MD, Danville, CA

     

  • "The new Pharos laser is extremely fast"

    "The new Pharos laser is extremely fast with treatments times approximately one-half that of our previous unit. In addition, the unit runs at a much cooler level, allowing you to keep the unit in a reasonably sized space without overheating patients, staff, or the device itself."

     

    David Vasily, David Vasily, MD – Lehigh Valley Dermatology, Bethlehem, PA

     

  • "Favorite treatment for localized psoriasis plaques."

    "One of my favorite treatments for localized psoriasis plaques is the targeted excimer laser."

     

    Charles Camisa, MD – Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, Naples, FL

     

  • "No more buying codes or paying rent."

    "I would be happy to be a reference for the Pharos laser. Our patients love it and no more buying codes or paying rent."

     

    Mary Sue Parent, Practice Manager - Brighton Dermatology and Regenesis, Brighton, MI

     

  • "I am experiencing remission for the first time in my life."

    "I've had moderate psoriasis since I was a child. My doctor told me he could help me achieve remission with the Pharos excimer laser. I was skeptical, but now, for the first time in 10 years, I can wear short-sleeves and a bathing suit. I am experiencing remission..."  Read More

     

    Marilyn R., Patient, Encino, CA