Phototherapy – UVB Light Therapy

Phototherapy – UVB Light Therapy

Narrowband UVB light treatment is a safe and effective option for a number of skin conditions such as Psoriasis, Vitiligo and eczema. Dermatologists at Westside Dermatology have extensive experience in the use of Narrowband Phototherapy for the treatment of skin disorders.


  • Narrowband phototherapy can reduce the need for steroid creams and tablets
  • Treatments are safe, convenient and over within minutes
  • Narrowband can be used to treat psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema and many other skin disorders
  • All narrowband treatments are bulk billed at Westside Dermatology

Narrowband phototherapy utilizes a specific wavelength (311nm) of ultraviolet-B light. Research has shown to have the greatest anti-inflammatory properties and yet the lowest side effect profile amongst all phototherapy light sources.  By filtering out other wavelengths, the result is increased efficacy, convenience and safety. Our device emits a high intensity, precise dose of the light in gradual increments individually prescribed by your dermatologist for your specific condition.

A sample prescription of the Clear Skin programme is outlined below. Patients are encouraged to complete this regime in 8 to 10 weeks.

  • Vitamin A(retinoid) cream- retinoid type, concentration and application frequency prescribed according to patient’s skin type and history – typically 4-7 applications per week. (This is omited in pregnant /breastfeeding women)
  • Recommended cleanser and moisturiser – Cetaphil , QV or La Roche Posay products
  • AHA peels- conducted every 2 weeks. 4 peels in total. Patients can NOT decrease the spacing between peels as the skin needs to recover between visits.
  • LED acne light treatments – conducted every 1-2 weeks. 4 treatments in total.  Typically patients undergo LED treatments and AHA peels at alternating weeks.

Treatment ideally involves 3 sessions a week.

Duration of each treatment starts at under 1 minute and progresses to a few minutes.

Flexible treatment schedules enable patients to present as walk-ins for treatment at any time between 8am and 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday with no pre-bookings needed.

All phototherapy sessions are bulk billed at Westside Dermatology – patients have no out of pocket costs.

At Westside dermatology, your dermatologist will assess your suitability for phototherapy and personalise a treatment program for your condition and skin-type.

Please contact us for pricing.

The current standard is that upto 300 treatments of phototherapy can be performed without any increase in skin cancer. On the side of caution, patients with a personal or direct family history of Melanoma are excluded from Phototherapy. Additionally, rare sun sensitive skin conditions such as lupus are excluded from this treatment.

  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Vitiligo
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Lichen planus
  • Generalized itch
  • Grover’s disease
  • Mycosis fungoides

Facts

  • 95% clearance of plaque psoriasis
  • Proven safety record – no increase in skin cancers No toxicity to internal organs
  • Improved quality of life (Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 2006, Feb; 47(1): 37-40)

For more information about UVB Narrow Band Phototherapy Psoriasis treatments,
 visit psoriasis.org

For more information about UVB Narrowband Phototherapy Vitiligo treatments visit vitiligosocietyweb.org.uk

The largest and most recent studies show no increase in the incidence of melanomas/non-melanoma skin cancers in patients treated with Narrowband Ultraviolet Phototherapy (British Journal of Dermatology 2008, 159: 931-35.  American Academy of Dermatology, April 2009).

“Phototherapy has been used for many years for a number of stubborn inflammatory skin conditions, particularly psoriasis and vitiligo.  Over the last few years the shift has been made from traditional UVA treatment that required the ingestion or application of a medication (psoralen) to narrowband UVB phototherapy.  Narrowband UVB is more effective and much safer with far less side-effects and complications.  Its use works well with a number of topical and oral treatments but also reduces your need for these other agents.”

Dr Shobhan Manoharan, Consultant Dermatologist.