PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT)
This is a new state of the art treatment that is performed with application of aminolevulinic acid or Levulan® Kerastick to treat skin damage in a gentler way. After applying this material for a certain period of time, specific light is delivered to the skin at a certain wavelength either by using LED Blue Light or Intense Pulsed Light. This will produce redness and an inflammatory reaction that will restore smoother, healthier, and younger looking skin.
This is a very successful treatment for sun-damaged skin including precancerous conditions also for hyper-pigmentations caused by sun damage. These treatments are recommended at three week intervals and the number of treatments necessary will vary and depend on the condition of the skin.
The patient will experience some burning sensation during the treatment and mild swelling and moderate to severe redness. This will look like a severe sunburn and heal typically between five to seven days.
It is important that the patient avoids all sunlight for two days after treatment. There will be significant fading of all sunspots and decrease in the facial redness and the fine lines as new collagen forms to increase the thickness of the skin and improve its condition.
This method has become very popular in treating acne especially the severe sebaceous cystic acne. This treatment has also become popular for treating rosacea. There has been noticeable reduction in the size of the pores of the skin and more even skin tone and significant reduction of the depth of the wrinkles.
Side effects: there has not been significant adverse side-effects seen with the photo-dynamic therapy or PDT with ALA.
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