One of the problems with laser and light therapy is that the lights often expose the entire surface of the skin to treatment energies, which can result in side effects like mild skin damage and discomfort and diminish the effectiveness of treatment. But what if you could have a light treatment that only attacked the skin cells that you want to remove? PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) for treating aging and sun-damaged skin is a powerful tool for doing just that. By application of a clear, odorless, light-sensitizing solution, the effect of laser and/or light therapy is enhanced.
If you have had laser or light therapy that did not seem as effective on your skin conditions that you would like, schedule a
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) consultation at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery today.
Photodynamic Therapy adds a photosensitive drug to light treatment for pre-cancerous lesions, blotchiness, and enlarged pores. After the drug is applied to the skin, a light or laser is used to activate it. Once activated, the drug attacks abnormal cells, including pre-cancerous cells and sun-damaged skin cells. The result is improved skin tone, smoother skin texture, and reduced appearance of pores.
Photodynamic Therapy was first used by dermasurgeons for actinic keratoses and actinic cheilitis (chronically chapped lips) — two pre-cancerous skin conditions associated with chronic exposure to sunlight. Photodynamic therapy works best for improving any type of sun-damaged skin and can also be used to treat such oily skin conditions as inflammatory acne and rosacea.
One of the benefits of photodynamic therapy is that it allows for more precise targeting of your individual skin issues. Various laser and light sources can be used to activate the solution, including pulsed dye lasers, light-emitting diodes, and intense pulsed light platforms. We will select the laser or light source that is best suited to your condition, skin type, and treatment area. Because the treatment attacks several types of abnormal conditions, it can rejuvenate skin while treating acne and pre-cancers.
Patients are often thrilled with the clinical ‘boost’ they receive by adding photodynamic therapy to their non-ablative laser or light treatment because of its enhanced clinical results and minimal side effects. Using photodynamic therapy as an adjunct to laser/light therapy often achieves better results with fewer treatment sessions.
After treatment, while the PDT drug is still active, it is imperative that patients avoid sun exposure for at least 36 hours. Mild skin redness and peeling can be expected for one or two days following treatment, but patients can typically go about their daily activities.
If you would like to see the best possible results from your laser or light treatments, schedule a photodynamic therapy consultation with the cosmetic dermatologists at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery.