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Is Photodynamic Therapy Right for You?

Is Photodynamic Therapy Right for You?

Photodynamic Therapy Highlands, NCIf you’ve become troubled by persistent acne, sun damage, mottled skin tone, rough texture, or precancerous spots, you may be wondering what you can do to get meaningful, lasting improvement. The answer might be photodynamic therapy. We are pleased to offer this nonsurgical treatment to patients of our Highlands, NC office. Here, we discuss what PDT is and why it might be just what your skin needs.

Photorejuvenation with ALA-PDT

ALA, aminolevulinic acid, is a liquid photosensitizer that soaks into the skin quickly after it is applied. This acid is specifically attracted to oil glands and sun-damaged tissue, including precancerous skin cells. The metabolic activity within these cells converts the ALA into porphyrin, a chemical that is highly sensitive to light. The application of ALA precedes the use of intense pulsed light therapy to elicit superheating in the cells that have converted ALA to porphyrin. The heating that occurs destroys the damaged cells and shrinks oil glands.

Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy

  • In addition to reduced hyperpigmentation from sun damage, patients often notice smoother skin texture and subtler lines and wrinkles.
  • PDT is an excellent acne treatment because it destroys acne-causing bacteria while simultaneously shrinking the sebaceous glands that produce oil.
  • Patients with rosacea may also achieve good results using PDT as a periodic therapy for maintenance.
  • Photodynamic therapy is revered as one of the best treatments for actinic keratosis, pre-cancerous spots on the skin.

Are You a Candidate for PDT?

Photodynamic therapy is typically suitable for people with acne, sun-damaged skin, moderate to severe rosacea, and actinic keratoses. Treatment is not appropriate for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or for patients who have recently taken isotretinoin. Patients who have an active cold sore should postpone treatment to avoid a flare-up. Also, PDT should be scheduled during a time of year when sun exposure can be limited. Treatment should not be performed if one has recently tanned.

There are numerous ways in which the skin may be affected by sun, stress, and other factors. Fortunately, there are also several remedies that can address the problems that result. To learn more about photodynamic therapy, call (828) 526-3783.

Get Photo Ready with Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic Therapy Highlands, NCEven though the paparazzi may not be chasing you around like a Kardashian, we live in a day and age where it seems like you always have to be photo ready. Whether you’re out with friends snapping pictures for Instagram or spending the afternoon creating your new Facebook profile pic, it seems like you always have to be ready to have your picture taken. As one of the best ways to get picture ready, while also getting rid of hyperpigmentation, scarring, and acne, consider getting photodynamic therapy. Read on to learn more about this unique treatment.

What is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?

Photodynamic therapy or PDT is a state-of-the-art treatment that is ideal for getting rid of the skin conditions listed above. By placing aminolevulinic acid (ALA), a liquid photosensitizer, onto the targeted skin and then exposing it to intense pulse light (IPL), the ALA will be absorbed into the skin. Once soaked into the skin, ALA will work to target sun damaged skin, pre-cancerous skin cells, and over-productive oil glands. The results of the ALA with IPL is that the oil glands will shrink, and skin damaged, and precancerous cells will be destroyed.

What Does It Feel Like?

As a non-invasive treatment, photodynamic therapy shouldn’t be painful. Patients who get this treatment do say that they experience a mild to moderate amount of tingling, burning, or popping— which is similar to a chemical peel. However, that should only last a few minutes.

What Is Recovery Like?

Recovery from this therapy is similar to that of a chemical peel. You will be encouraged to refrain from spending any time in the sun because your skin will be vulnerable to burning. After a few days, your skin will start to peel and flake off— resembling a moderately severe sunburn. After the skin has flaked off, you will notice visibly smoother, less blemished skin.

Photodynamic therapy is an excellent way to get rid of mild skin imperfections. If you suffer from acne, sun damage, or scarring, you may want to consider this as a treatment option. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact our Center For Plastic Surgery office today!

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