The Benefits of Photo Dynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy, also known as PDT, has revolutionized treating skin problems. It can be used to treat severe acne and even skin cancer. The professionals at Foothill Cosmetic Surgery Center in Glendora, California offer PDT to help you and your skin.

Photodynamic therapy is a versatile treatment, and can be used to treat:

  • Acne
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Wrinkles and fine lines
  • Sun damage
  • Large pores
  • Redness or poor pigmentation
  • Precancerous or cancerous skin cells

PDT works by using a medication called Levulan, which makes skin cells more sensitive to the effects of high-intensity light from lasers or other devices. For cells near the skin surface, a topical application of the drug is often used. If the cells are in deeper layers, the photosensitizing drug is given intravenously. Your doctor will then use light to destroy the skin cells which have absorbed the medication.

Photodynamic therapy offers many benefits which can’t be matched by other treatment methods. Consider that photodynamic therapy offers:

  • More comfort, because it is gentle, using only medications and light, with no freezing or surgery.
  • More conservation of healthy tissue, because only damaged cells are destroyed; healthy cells remain undamaged.
  • Quick results with minimal downtime, because there is no scarring and your skin begins to heal immediately.

Your doctor at Foothill Cosmetic Surgery Center will develop a treatment plan designed just for you. If PDT can be helpful, you will be scheduled for sessions which are about a week apart. Each treatment will take a few hours. After your treatment, your skin will be extremely light-sensitive, so you must protect yourself from sunlight by staying out of the sun, or using a high SPF sunscreen.

Photodynamic therapy can help for a variety of skin conditions. To find out more about this amazing treatment, talk with an expert. Call Foothill Cosmetic Surgery Center in Glendora, California today.

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