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You may ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is ClearScan?
  2. How does it work?
  3. Can all skin colors be treated?
  4. What will happen during the procedure?
  5. What should I expect after treatment?

Let’s jump right in and answer these common questions.

  1. ClearScan employs laser energy that can selectively target microstructures, such as hair follicles. When absorbed by melanin, the pigment in our skin gives the optimal balance between safely treating all skin types and effectively removing unwanted hair.
  2. The ClearScan laser selectively targets your hair follicles and heats them with laser energy. Unlike other treatments, the laser beam treats many hairs at once, making treatment of large areas practical. The ClearScan utilizes a unique computer-guided scanning system that automates the treatment, ensuring your skin is rapidly and evenly treated. The computer places the beam in an optimum pattern for your skin to experience a safe, effective and gentle treatment.
  3. Yes, all skin types from light to dark can be treated.
  4. A member of our team will discuss the treatment with you and decide if you will need a topical anesthetic cream. Most people do find with the continuous cooling feature that it ensures comfort and safety during treatment. The area of your skin that is to be treated will be scanned with laser light. Treatment time will depend on the size of the area to be treated.
  5. Some redness and swelling of the hair follicles, resembling acne, may be present in the area that has been treated. However, this should subside within a day or so. If any prolonged redness or swelling occurs, please call us immediately. Keep the treated area clean, use at least SPF15 sunscreen when going outdoors, and follow our team members’ instructions carefully.

UVB Phototherapy can be used to treat psoriasis.

Ultraviolet B (UVB) is an effective treatment for psoriasis. Treatment involves exposing the skin to an artificial UVB light source which penetrates the skin to slow down the growth of affected skin cells. The use of Narrow-band UVB clears the psoriasis faster and produces longer remissions than Broad-band UVB. This is why at Mary Ruth Buchness, MD, Dermatologist, PC , we have chosen Narrow-band UVB as one of our choices to treat our patients.


Excimer Laser can target select areas.

The excimer laser emits a high intensity beam of ultraviolet light B (UVB) used to treat chronic, localized plaque psoriasis. Treatments vary by patient and usually take an average of 12 to 24 sessions. It is recommended that patients receive two sessions a week. We have had wonderful results treating patients with Scalp Psoriasis, the treatment course consists of topical steroids along with excimer laser treatments.


These treatments are covered by most insurance plans. For those without health insurance, the following are the price listings for  UVB Phototherapy and Excimer Laser treatments:


6 session package- $135

12 session package- $240


Excimer Laser

12 session packages

BSA under 250- $500

BSA 250-500- $620

BSA over 500- $800