What is Narrowband UVB Lightbox?
Narrowband UVB is a popular form of phototherapy that can help improve the appearance of various skin conditions. This treatment uses a specific wavelength of ultraviolet radiation to target the affected area.
It's important to note that this treatment is not a cure, but it can effectively manage or enhance the appearance of your skin condition over time. Many patients have seen positive results from this treatment and have maintained their results for an extended period.
What Conditions Can Narrowband UVB Treat?
Research has shown that the narrowband range of UV radiation is particularly effective for treating psoriasis. Narrowband UVB may also treat other skin conditions such as:
What are the Side Effects of UVB Therapy?
Similar to sunlight and broadband UVB, narrow-band UVB therapy can cause skin burns. To alleviate this, it is recommended to frequently apply emollients and use topical steroids as advised by your physician.
Long-term exposure to UV radiation can lead to skin aging and skin cancer. However, as the patient is only exposed to specific therapeutic wavelengths, the risk is thought to be lower than other forms of UV exposure. Our board-certified dermatologists will provide a personalized treatment plan based on your condition, medical history, and other factors to minimize risk.
What Does UVB Phototherapy Involve?
Our phototherapy sessions are typically scheduled two to five times a week for your convenience. During the treatment, you will be placed in a special cabinet containing fluorescent light tubes. The UVB light will be applied to your whole body for a short period of time, usually ranging from seconds to minutes.
For targeted treatment, shorter bulbs may be used on specific areas, such as your hands and feet or a small body region. Our highly trained staff will carefully monitor the dosage of UV radiation, and the treatment protocol will be tailored to your individual skin type, age, condition, and other relevant factors.