Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Sun damaged skin (Face or Hands)
Acne (Face/Neck/Back)

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a combination of topical treatments, and Light Therapy, such as blue/red /Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) which creates a phototoxic reaction and distraction of abnormal skin cells.

Photodynamic Therapy is a unique treatment for unhealthy sun damaged skin on the face and body. The treatment is

particularly suited for those with roughened and pre-cancerous lesions over the face and hands.

Exciting results are also achieved for those suffering from severe types of acne.

Photodynamic Therapy can be used to treat a range of skin conditions including:

Acne and Oily Skin
Sebaceous Gland Hyperplasia
Sun damaged skin ( Solar Keratosis)
Pre-cancerous Skin Lesion
Some superficial Skin Cancers
Seborrheic Keratosis
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Uneven skin tone

PDT Treatment

A prescribed topical cream is applied as a lotion to the treatment area and allowed to soak into the skin for 2 hours. This cream specifically targets sun damaged or unhealthy skin cells and is not attracted to normal, healthy skin cells. As a result, the damaged skin cells become extremely light sensitive.

The cream is then activated by blue light or red light, which produces free radical molecules. These destroy pre-cancerous and unhealthy cells.  Large areas can be treated quickly and effectively with long lasting results.

If the skin is also pigmented, it may be beneficial to do a full face IPL treatment. This will even out the skin colour, tone and texture and reduce the appearance of blood vessels, freckles, lentigos and pigmentation.

Results can be seen after 2-3 treatments. Occasionally, more are required. After the treatment, the skin will look irritated, reddened and will peel. This usually resolves within 5 days but may last up to 10 days.

It is extremely important to stay out of the sun for 48 hours. Exposure can result in burning and redness. Even a sunscreen will not protect against the photo sensitivity of the skin at this stage. Most people stay home and watch movies and relax for 48 hours.

Photodynamic therapy is suitable for all skin colours and types and is effective at all ages. The treatment is safe, even while the patient is on other medications or treatments.

The amazing thing about Photodynamic Therapy is that once the skin heals, it appears smooth and healthy.

Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) price from $500
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