Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is used to target sun spots and sun damage; it also improves skin tone and texture, decreases pore size, and reduces the appearance of brown spots, redness and acne. It is a treatment that slows growth of tumor cells and addresses ultraviolet radiation damage from the sun.
First, a photosensitizing solution is applied to the affected area of skin which increases skin's sensitivity to the light of the laser. The medication is absorbed and settles in and around the atypical cells. Then, a highly precise, narrow-wavelength beam of light -- a laser beam -- is aimed at the damaged skin; the drug absorbs the light and produces oxygen, which destroys atypical cells. This method ensures minimal collateral damage by targeting only the atypical cells and helping to preserve normal skin.
PDT therapy is minimally invasive and requires less downtime than using topical chemotherapy agents when addressing precancerous spots. It gives both a medical and cosmetic benefit to your skin and is the ideal treatment for the Fall when the days are shorter and you can avoid the sun. Call our office to schedule a consult to learn more about this exciting procedure and see if it is right for your skin.