Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photo Dynamic Therapy or PDT can be used for treatment of acne or severely sun damaged skin that may or may not have pre-cancerous cells.

Do you have persistent acne?

If your one of those people that has tried every lotion and potion and nothing has helped, PDT may be right for you. This treatment is meant for stubborn moderate to severe acne that does’t seem to respond to anything else.  We start by applying an ALA solution. This solution can decipher between healthy and damaged cells and will migrate to the damaged cells. After sitting for 1-2 hours, we activate the solution using a blue ultra-violet light or in some cases an Intense Pulsed Light which “blows up” the sebaceous glands and destroys those damaged cells. The result is a reduction of oil and acne, and can sometimes help with scarring. Multiple treatments may be necessary.

Downtime with Photo Dynamic Therapy for Acne

Most people experience some discomfort, redness and swelling in the first 3 days followed by some peeling skin.  This can be mild to moderate.

Risks involved with Photo Dynamic Therapy for Acne

Some things get worse before they get better and this is usually the case with PDT. Most people will get a “break-out” post treatment.  Other side effects include residual redness or post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

Or, do you have severe sun damaged skin with or without pre cancerous cells?

Its time to face the facts, suntanning causes ageing and damaged cells that can be cancer causing. This is something that needs to be taken care of and you can do that with PDT.  We start by applying an ALA solution. This solution can decipher between healthy and damaged cells and will migrate to the damaged cells. After sitting for 2 hours we activate this solution with blue ultra-violet light or Intense Pulsed Light, or sometimes both.  This light destroys the unhealthy cells to “clear” up your skin. Multiple treatments may be needed.

Downtime with Photo Dynamic Therapy for sun damaged skin

Most people experience some discomfort, redness and swelling for 3-5 days followed by some peeling skin.  This can be mild to moderate.

Risks involved with Photo Dynamic Therapy for sun damaged skin

If you have any sun or light exposure during your healing time it can result in burns. This is because the solution that we use is light sensitive. It is imperative that you stay indoors and limit time on the computer. Other side effects include redness, a “bronzed” appearance to the skin or post inflammatory hyper pigmentation.

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