Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) with Blu-U® and Levulan® Kerastick® is used for a variety of purposes, including actinic keratosis (AK) and precancerous skin lesions, sun spots, and acne. The procedure can help to eliminate abnormal cells and minimize and the appearance of skin blemishes to reveal the radiance of your skin underneath. PDT is effective through its two components: a drug called Levulan® Kerastick® and the light source Blu-U®. The procedure involves a two-part treatment over the course of three to five sessions, depending on the extent of your needs.
Shehla Ebrahim, MD and Christopher Pavlou, MD are pleased to offer the advanced option of PDT for patients wishing to enhance the appearance and health of their skin. To learn if the solution is right for you, please contact Afterglow Physician Directed Medical Aesthetics today!
How does it work?
PDT is a drug therapy activated by the Blu-U® laser energy. Once the Levulan® formula is applied to the problem area, it causes the abnormal cells to be sensitive to light. The Blu-U® light is then directed over the area, causing the cells to react and be destroyed.
What are the benefits of photodynamic therapy?
PDT holds numerous advantages for those suffering from sun-related skin conditions as well as acne. Those who opt for the advanced therapy option can expect the following from their treatment:
- No prescription or at-home treatment regimen
- Little downtime following the procedure
- Lower risk of AKs becoming cancerous
- Clearer complexion
- No scarring
What are the most commonly treated areas?
The PDT procedure is typically performed on the face or scalp but can be utilized for other areas afflicted with AK lesions or acne as well.
Does it hurt?
We will do everything possible to minimize discomfort during the procedure, though it is normal to have mild sensations of burning or stinging. You may experience mild to moderate redness, similar to a sunburn for the first few days, as well as possible flaking of the skin.
What will happen during the procedure?
To begin your treatment, the Levulan® Kerastick® is applied to the skin on the affected areas. The powerful Blu-U® laser is then used to activate the Levulan® ALA (aminolevulinic acid) formula, which can eliminate the targeted cells. Treatment with the Blu-U® light energy typically takes no more than 20 minutes – although, this can vary according to the extent of your needs.
What can I expect in recovery?
Following the procedure, you need to protect the treated area from the sun with a wide-brimmed hat or other covering. Sunscreen will not protect against photosensitivity reactions to visible light; hence, you should stay away from sunlight for 24 hours.
While initial results may be seen as early as the first session, you may require a series of three to five sessions to see significant results. Much depends on the severity of the skin condition. PDT is a treatment, not a cure. Most results will last one to two years, depending on lifestyle choices.
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