How Does Phototherapy Work?

How Does Phototherapy Work and What Equipment is Needed?


Phototherapy can be extremely beneficial for the treatment of psoriasis or vitiligo. It is a safe procedure if guidelines are followed and the right equipment used but can also be harmful if not done correctly. This form of light therapy involves the exposure of the skin to UVB light using Philips TL01/PL01 Narrowband lamps as recommended by scientists, doctors, dermatologists and hospitals worldwide.

How Does Phototherapy Work?

UVB Phototherapy light slows the growth of the affected cells and makes the skin behave more like normal,this in turn helps reduce the symptoms of psoriasis and vitiligo. The Philips TL01 tubes used in a our Narrowband units emit the scientifically proven  “therapeutic wavelength” of 311nm.

Over 400 clinical tests prove that Narrowband UVB treatment using Philips TL01 tubes is more effective than other forms of light treatment. For a more detailed explanation of the treatment, you can learn more about phototherapy and narrowband on our information pages.

What Equipment is Needed for Phototherapy Treatment?

Here at MBS we can assist you with help and advice to ensure that you purchase the correct home equipment that use only the Philips Narrowband TL01/PL01 tubes. The convenience of having treatment at home can help save you time and money in the long term but ensures you are still receiving the correct treatment using the same units that many hospitals use.

There are different types of units available depending on the severity of you condition.  

If your psoriasis condition is moderate to severe, then a UPVC canopy can be purchased which allows for full body coverage to quickly treat large scale cases of psoriasis. These are fully equipped with up to 9 Philips TL01 UVB narrowband tubes allowing you to use the unit over a bed or standing up.

If your condition is more severe then hospital style cabinets are available with up to 24 Philips TL01 UVB narrowband tubes, full body coverage in one short session.

There are also handheld devices that treat the smallest patches of psoriasis, vitiligo and eczema etc. This only uses 1 Philips PL01 9w Narrowband tube but very effective for small isolated areas.

Slightly larger areas then the mini unit on a stand with Philips PL01 36w Narrowband is designed for treatment on more localised areas of the body such as the arms and legs etc. This product comes equipped with a swivel stand.

Please do not hesitate to call us with any questions you may have.