Among the methods to treat skin damage is photorejuventaion—the use of lasers or light to treat surface skin conditions. Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) takes the treatment further; it can treat a number of severe problems, including damage caused by actinic keratosis. Side effects are generally not severe, and the results can be substantial.
During PDT, the physician utilizes light energy—typically in the form of a blue light—to combat skin disease and other dermatological problems. Prior to the treatment, a solution is applied to the skin in order to make it more receptive, or sensitive to the light. This solution aids the treatment and the results are not only helpful in dealing with disease, but healthier, clearer skin. Several issues can be treated by this method of light therapy.
PDT may help treat a number of skin conditions:
PDT can cause discomfort when the light activates the gel placed on the treated area. There is a cooling device provided that helps to soothe the skin while this is occurring. There may be some redness at the treated area for several days after therapy. These side effects can be dealt with—your provider can offer you some relief—and severe side effects are not common. After the procedure, the skin should be well- protected from the sun.
PDT does have limitations. It does not treat all skin conditions and not everyone is eligible. There are other ways to treat the same conditions, and so you should discuss your options with a medical professional before settling on PDT. At Inverness Dermatology and Laser, we can take you through the procedure, its effects, its cost, and whether or not it’s right for you. Contact us today and let us tell you more about how you can achieve healthy skin through PDT, or other treatments.