Dermatological Diseases

There are over 3,000 different skin conditions and diseases, including psoriasis, vitiligo, and atopic dermatitis.

  • Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disorder that causes cells to rapidly accumulate and affects the surface of the skin. The extra skin cells form scales and red patches, or flares, which are itchy and sometimes painful. The National Psoriasis Foundation reports that psoriasis affects approximately 7.5 million people in the U.S., which accounts for over 2% of the domestic population. Globally, this skin condition is estimated to afflict over 125 million people.
  • Vitiligo is an autoimmune condition causing the skin to turn white due to the loss of pigment from the melanocytes, cells that produce the pigment melanin, which gives skin color. Vitiligo affects 1-2% of the population globally.
  • Atopic dermatitis, a chronic eczematous skin disease, can result in itchy, red, swollen, and cracked skin. There are approximately 17.8 million people in the U.S. suffering from atopic dermatitis, making it one of the most common inflammatory skin diseases.

Pharos

Pharos is a powerful excimer laser used by physicians as a tool to treat chronic skin diseases, including psoriasis, vitiligo, atopic dermatitis, and leukoderma. It delivers highly concentrated 308 nm ultraviolet light to the affected skin without burning or ablating the skin.

Pharos offers significant benefits to patients. The targeted nature of Pharos treatment allows the operator to spare healthy tissue from exposure to the ultraviolet light making the treatment faster and safer than some other forms of phototherapy, or light therapy. Treatment with Pharos differs from topical treatments, such as steroids and vitamin D derivatives, which may require frequent ongoing application. Treatment with Pharos also differs from pharmaceuticals treatments, which may be associated with systemic side effects.

Reimbursement

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

  • "Our workhorse"

    "The UCI dermatology vitiligo clinic uses Pharos Excimer Lasers. These are our workhorses for vitiligo. We have two Pharos lasers and they are heavily in use five days a week."

     

    Christopher Zachary, MD – UC Irvine Health Dermatology Center

     

  • "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

     

  • "Transform patients’ lives"

    "I have been using Pharos lasers for over 13 years to treat vitiligo. In fact, I have 3 Pharos. Treatment is painless, quick, and can transform patients’ lives as they see improvement."

     

    David J. Goldberg, MD, JD – Skin Laser & Surgery Specialists of New York and New Jersey

     

  • "Remarkable restoration of pigment"

    "We really find Pharos to be an integral part of vitiligo treatment, especially on the face—remarkable restoration of pigment."

     

    E. Victor Ross, MD – Scripps Clinic Carmel Valley

     

  • "There is hope for vitiligo."

    "The excimer laser is a very important part of the treatment armamentarium for vitiligo. The combination of pigment stimulation and safe local immunosuppression gives rates of success of up to 70%. There is hope for vitiligo."

     

    Brook Brouha, MD, PhD – West Dermatology

     

  • "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

     

  • "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

     

  • "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

     

  • "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