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Photodynamic therapy delivers amazing results!
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive procedure used to treat a variety of skin conditions. It is a special treatment performed with a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan (5-aminolevulinic acid or ALA), which is activated with the correct wavelength of light. This treatment is also commonly referred to as “ALA or PDT treatment”, Levulan fotofacial or Photodynamic Acne Therapy.
What is photodynamic therapy used to treat?
- • Acne
- • Rosacea
- • Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia
- • Actinic Keratosis
Photodynamic Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
What is photodynamic therapy?
How does PDT work?
Because the photo-sensitizer is preferentially absorbed by the acne lesions and the light source is directly targeted on the lesional tissue, PDT achieves dual selectivity, minimizing damage to adjacent healthy structures. PDT is mediated by oxygen-dependent photochemical reactions, resulting in the destruction of the acne or actinic lesions.
The purpose of lasers in PDT is to initiate photochemical reactions, and not to heat or mechanically change tissue as seen in other dermatologic uses.
Who is a good candidate for PDT?
How many PDT treatments will I need?
What are the advantages of PDT for treating skin pre-cancer?
How much downtime should I expect after a PDT treatment?
Most patients experience 5 to 7 days of downtime after photodynamic therapy treatments. You should avoid direct exposure to the sun for 1-2 days after PDT,
What are the side effects of Photodynamic Therapy?
PDT side effects are minimal. Most patients experience redness immediately after the treatment, but it will fade after one week. However, as with all laser procedures, side effects can include swelling, inflammation, redness and tenderness around the treatment area. Patients who are being treated for actinic keratosis will find that their skin begins to peel days 3-5 and then they are pink for about another 5-7 days.
How much does PDT cost?
What is Levulan?
Levulan is a photosensitizing substance that has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of actinic keratosis. Levulan is activated by light to treat skin pre-cancers, sun damage, acne and rosacea.