Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a treatment used to reduce the appearance of fine wrinkles, uneven pigmentation, acne, skin redness, large pores and actinic keratosis. Utilizing light therapy, along with the topical application of Levulan® (aminolevulinic acid), Photodynamic therapy can treat many of these skin conditions that people feel self-conscious about. The photodynamic therapy begins with the topical application of Levulan® which is applied to the specified area for a prescribed amount of time. Next, the patient sits under the activating Blue light while the Levulan® penetrates deep into the sebaceous glands.
Typically treatments are performed 4 to 6 weeks apart and the number of sessions needed depends on the provider’s assessment of the skin’s condition. Some redness and darkened spots are normal depending on the intensity of the treatment and will begin to resolve as the skin heals. The day after the treatment the skin may feel warm or slightly itchy and may flake in the days after the treatment as the body produces new collagen. To learn more about Photodynamic Therapy and to find out if it may be right for you, contact our office today.