Welcome to the Santa Monica-UCLA Dermatology Phototherapy Center!
You have been prescribed Narrowband Ultraviolet B (NBUVB) Phototherapy.
First, some ground rules:
Please be sure to carefully read and sign the informed consent form before beginning treatments. Ask your doctor if you have any questions!
You and/or your insurance company will be responsible for paying for each visit. This may include co-pays per visit or a certain percentage of each visit fee (depending on your particular insurance plan). This can prove to be quite costly if you have a high deductible insurance plan. Please confirm your insurance coverage prior to starting your treatments!
You will be asked to schedule an appointment for each visit. It is very important that you keep these appointments or call the clinic (310) 917-3376 to reschedule or cancel at least 24 hours before your appointment.
Our office hours are:
Monday 8:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Tuesday 10:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., 2:00 p.m. to 4:40 p.m.
Please tell your physician or phototherapy staff if you begin any new medications.
Try to avoid additional sunlight on the day of treatment to prevent burning.
Children undergoing treatments must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
You must maintain regular appointments with your physician while receiving UV therapy.
Your physician and phototherapy staff reserve the right to cancel or delay your treatment if necessary to protect your health.
What to expect
You typically will be asked to come in to the Phototherapy Center 1 to 3 times per week.
Expect to spend about 15 minutes per visit (including getting undressed, prepared for a treatment, and getting dressed again).
You will enter a changing area and disrobe behind a curtain.
You may be given mineral oil or petrolatum to apply to your affected skin to help improve the absorption of the UV light.
You may also be given a paper bag or pillowcase to cover your face during treatments, a towel or disposable underwear to cover your genitalia during treatments, or sunblock to protect certain areas of your body during treatment.
You will be given protective goggles to protect your eyes during treatment.
You will NOT be locked in the light box, and may exit at any time if you feel uncomfortable.
Treatment times start short (less than one minute), and progressively lengthen with subsequent treatments.
Finally, if you experience itching, pain, or redness, please tell the phototherapy staff.
We hope you have a pleasant experience here at our facility.