Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

PDT involves the application of Levulan® (Aminolevulinic acid 20%), a photosensitizing medication, to the skin followed by a laser or light treatment to activate the medication. This process is used to treat a number of dermatologic conditions including acne, oily skin, sebaceous hyperplasia (blocked oil gland growth), rosacea, actinic keratosis (pre-skin cancers), and sun damaged skin.

Levulan®, when applied to the skin, is absorbed by targeted problem areas. A VBEAM laser will be used to activate the medication which kills bacteria in acne, destroys sun damaged and pre-cancerous cells, suppresses oil glands, targets broken facial veins, and rejuvenates the skin. Following a series of treatments there will be a noticeable improvement in skin texture and tone. Acne breakouts will diminish and pores will tighten. There will be a decrease in redness, flushing and broken capillaries as commonly seen in rosacea. Precancerous lesions will resolve and sun damaged skin will be rejuvenated.

After photodynamic therapy a sunburn-like effect is normal and can last for several days. This can mean anything from being light pink to a swollen, red, itchy sunburn. Peeling may begin on day three or four. Patients must stay away from any sunlight and bright fluorescent indoor lighting for 48 hrs and use a sun block SPF at least 30 daily. Avoidance of sun sensitive medications will be advised including discontinuing Retin-A®, Differin®, Tazorac® or other topical retinoids as well as glycolic or salicylic acid products for several days before and after each treatment. -- Photodynamic therapy is a well documented effective alternative to traditional acne treatment as well as a cost effective treatment for patients with multiple actinic keratosis (pre-skin cancers).


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