Photodynamic Therapy At a Glance
Photodynamic therapy is a cutting-edge process that is FDA-approved to treat pre-cancerous lesions of the skin. It can also be used to treat stubborn cases of acne, and has been likened to ‘topical Accutane’. In addition to these medical uses, photodynamic therapy has great cosmetic side effects and is frequently used to shrink pores, grow collagen, and to rejuvenate the skin.
Photodynamic therapy is a multi-step process. Patients undergoing photodynamic therapy have their skin treated with a topical medication called Levulan (5-aminolevulinic acid). Depending on the problem to be treated, the medication is then activated by either an Intense Pulsed Light or BLU-U light treatment. Most patients undergoing photodynamic therapy treatment will have a couple of days of downtime consisting of pink skin. Treatment protocols including number and frequency of treatments vary on a case by case basis.
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Results can vary. Some techniques and applications of devices are off-label.