Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a special treatment performed using a topical photosensitizer called Levulan, or aminolevulinic acid (ALA), combined with a special blue light (BLU-U). This process selectively destroys Actinic Keratoses (pre-cancers) of the face and scalp. It is very important to treat these pre-cancers since many of these lesions will progress to squamous cell carcinomas (SCC), the second most common form of skin cancer.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a two part treatment scheduled one month apart. For more information on PDT please contact us online or call 212-535-3088.
How Does It Work?
35-44 year old man treated with photodynamic therapy
To begin treatment, Levulan Kerastick Topical Solution is applied to the Actinic Keratoses. The solution is left on for approximately one hour. During this hour, the solution is absorbed by the Actinic Keratoses where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. The Actinic Keratoses cells are then exposed to the BLU-U light for 16 minutes, whereby a reaction occurs which destroys these pre-cancerous cells.
Post Treatment Protocol
It is essential to avoid sun exposure for the first two days following your PDT light treatment. Sunscreen is also an essential component after the treatment and to prevent future sun damage and pre-cancers. Most patients are successful and see the best results after two treatment sessions. This procedure may also be combined with other treatments, such as Intense Pulsed Light, V-Beam, or Fraxel® Dual Laser, in order to maximize results and leave the skin as rejuvenated and beautiful as possible.
BLU-U Light for Acne
Simple, quick, safe, and painless, BLU-U Light Photodynamic Therapy offers a great alternative to medications and antibiotics for young men and women with moderate acne. The BLU-U Light device shines a narrow band blue light on the skin, killing the bacteria that cause acne breakouts.
45-54 year old man treated with BLU-U light (2 weeks post treatment)
How Many Treatments for Acne?
BLU-U light treatments take only 15 minutes once or twice a week to improve the appearance of acne. You will sit comfortably beneath the light with a special pair of glasses to protect your eyes. Within a few weeks, BLU-U light will control or temporarily clear up acne breakouts and leave your skin looking more clear and beautiful.
For more information on Photodynamic Therapy for acne or pre-cancerous cells, call us at 212-535-3088 or contact us online.
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.