Dramatic Skin Rejuvenation

Photodynamic therapy is a non-invasive procedure used for years to treat various skin conditions, including acne, rosacea, and actinic keratosis. However, in recent years, PDT has gained popularity in cosmetic dermatology as a treatment for fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. Because the procedure stimulates collagen production, patients may see continued improvement in their skin's appearance for several months after treatment.

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What Is PDT?

Photodynamic therapy uses a photosensitizing agent and a particular light source to treat various skin conditions. It is commonly used in cosmetic dermatology to treat acne, sun damage, and other skin imperfections. The treatment works by applying a photosensitizing agent, such as aminolevulinic acid (ALA), to the skin. This agent is then activated by a specific wavelength of light, such as a laser or a light-emitting diode (LED), which causes it to produce reactive oxygen species (ROS). These ROS then selectively target and destroy the damaged skin cells, leaving the surrounding healthy tissue unharmed.

Photodynamic Therapy: What to Expect

Our Skin Care Doctors’ medical provider will provide instructions on preparing for the procedure, which may include avoiding sunlight, certain medications, and topical skincare products that can affect the effectiveness of the photosensitizing agent. Generally, a minimum of three treatments are recommended for optimum improvement.

During the treatment, a photosensitizing agent is applied to the skin. Depending on the treated condition, the agent may be applied topically or injected. After the photosensitizing agent is used, you may need to wait for it to be absorbed by the targeted skin cells.

Once absorbed, the targeted area will be exposed to a specific wavelength of light for a particular amount of time. This light activates the photosensitizing agent, causing it to produce a type of oxygen that improves the appearance of the skin by killing bacteria, reducing inflammation, and stimulating collagen production.

After Your Treatment

Keep the Treated Area Clean

Patients should keep the treated area clean and dry. Avoid touching or rubbing the area, as this can cause irritation and infection. Use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer recommended by your dermatologist.

Avoid Makeup

Patients should avoid using makeup for at least 24 hours after the treatment. This allows the skin to breathe and heal properly. Once you resume using makeup, make sure to choose non-comedogenic products that won't clog your pores.

Avoid Sun Exposure

Patients should avoid sun exposure for at least 48 hours after the treatment. Even brief exposure to sunlight can cause severe sunburn and other skin damage. If you have to go outside, wear protective clothing and broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30.

Be Patient

The healing process after PDT can take several days to a few weeks. During this time, patients may experience redness, swelling, and peeling. It's essential to be patient and follow the aftercare instructions provided by your dermatologist.

Why Choose Skin Care Doctors?

Photodynamic therapy has been proven effective in treating various skin conditions, including acne, rosacea, and sun damage. Our medical providers at Skin Care Doctors are board-certified and trained to treat different skin conditions using cutting-edge technology like photodynamic therapy. Contact our office today to learn if this treatment can help you regain healthy, vibrant skin.

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