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Narrowband UVB Phototherapy

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What Does Narrow Band UVB Phototherapy Treat?

Narrowband UVB phototherapy is a great option for treating a variety of skincare conditions, but it doesn’t stop there. It’s also great at addressing cosmetic concerns. Here are just a few of the conditions we treat at our Los Angeles clinics:

  • Atopic Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo
  • Early-stage cutaneous t-cell lymphoma

As research continues, the uses for narrowband UVB phototherapy may be extended even further.  Our highly professional dermatology team stays up-to-date on these research breakthroughs. We’ll let you know if this is the best treatment for your unique circumstances.

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How Does a Narrowband UVB Phototherapy Work?

Narrowband UVB lamps emit wavelengths between 311-313 nanometers. As the rays penetrate bare skin, they slow the growth of affected skin cells and decrease inflammation. This specific wavelength from 311-313 nanometers is the sweetspot for the best efficacy with minimal side effects.

Four Benefits of Narrowband UVB Phototherapy

#1 Results that Last

Patients that visit our LA clinics often overtime should notice that their results last 6 months or longer. Results last longer for those that properly maintain their skin by using sunscreen, staying hydrated, and keeping your skin moisturized.

Patients that visit our LA Clinics for NBUVB treatment achieve longer lasting and more thorough clearance. This highly effective clearance can be maintained with routine maintenance visits.

#2 Quick and Convenient Treatment Sessions

Narrowband UVB phototherapy requires fewer treatments per week than other light therapies. In addition, the sessions are quick. You could be in and out within 20 minutes.

Each treatment is quick. Sessions start at 2-3 times per week and are reduced as clearance is achieved.

#3 You’ll Be Recovered in No Time

If you don’t have a lot of time to waste, you’ll appreciate this treatment. Post-treatment, you should only have minor discomfort. Therefore, you should be able to return to work and/or resume your normal everyday activities.

NBUVB does not have any downtime.

#4 Very Few Side Effects

The wavelengths used with narrowband UVB phototherapy are at just the perfect level that you shouldn’t experience much sunburn. Plus, it doesn’t have any internal side effects, which is a plus.

This treatment does not have downtime or systemic side effects. NBUVB is an excellent option for patients who are trying to avoid the risks and discomfort of some systemic medications.


Before, After, and During Treatment

Before The Treatment

During your initial consultation, we’ll discuss your needs and determine if narrowband UVB phototherapy will provide the results you desire. Our award-winning team will also assess your skin type to determine the best wavelength of light to use for you. Some skin types burn or tan easier than others. Prior to your treatment, you’ll want to avoid the sun as much as possible. Too much sun could significantly increase your risk of burning with this treatment.

During The Treatment

Because of the bright light, you’ll be given protective glasses to wear. It’s also very likely that you’ll have an ointment applied prior to the process.

Most patients require multiple treatments with narrowband UVB phototherapy, often up to 2 to 5 visits per week. The number of visits will ultimately depend on the type of skin problem, the severity, and your response.

After The Treatment

Most patients who receive narrowband UVB phototherapy have minimal to no side effects. The most common side effect is redness.


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