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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Medical & Aesthetic Treatment • Levulan & BLU-U Therapy

PDT is a procedure that uses a photosensitizing drug to apply light therapy selectively to target pre-skin cancer cells, acne and sun damaged skin.

What it can help/cure

 can help clear the skin of actinic keratoses which are premalignant growths in sun-exposed areas, mainly the face, chest, arms and hands. It is also effective for moderate to severe acne. A series of treatments can put acne into remission for months, as well as reversing some scarring without taking oral medications. When used with lasers for sun-damaged skin, the results achieved are better and faster than when using the light alone. There are many less common conditions that PDT can be used for, including hidradenitis suppurativa, Bowen's disease, superficial basal cell carcinoma and others.

What to expect before, during and after the procedure

The skin will be cleansed thoroughly; practitioners will perform an acetone scrub, microdermabrasion or mild chemical peel immediately before application of the drug to increase penetration. The aminolevulinic acid, a clear liquid, will be applied to the entire surface of the skin that is to be treated. This will incubate, or be absorbed, for 30 minutes to 3 hours, depending on your condition and the light used.

Multiple different light sources can be used including blue light, red light, intense pulsed light, pulsed dye laser and others. Occasionally, you will feel some burning discomfort during the treatment lessened by fans or cold air. After the treatment, the skin involved will be extremely light sensitive for 48 hours until the medication is completely metabolized.

Hats, scarves and thick sun block with zinc oxide and light avoidance are required to protect the skin during that time. Most of the time, some redness and mild peeling occur over the first two to three days. Occasionally, there can be a burning discomfort for 24 hours, and more prolonged peeling and redness for five to 14 days can occur.

If you would like an appointment with one of our providers to learn more about this service, please CONTACT US or call us at (305) 856-6555.

PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) with the blue light may
offer patients a lasting resolution of acne after one
single treatment.

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