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Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a special treatment performed with a topical photo sensitizer called Levulan or Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA), a special light and molecular oxygen to selectively destroy abnormal cells. ALA is a natural substance found throughout your body, as it is a precursor for hemoglobin synthesis. When localized in the target tissue, the ALA is activated by light to produce oxygen intermediates that destroy target tissue cells. The easy access of skin to light-based therapy has led physicians to utilize PDT as a treatment regimen for skin disorders.

This treatment has the unique ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands to effectively treat stubborn acne vulgaris, and acne rosacea while improving the appearance of some acne scars. This PDT photo-rejuvenation is also known as Power Photofacial or Super Photofacial because the results are similar to 3-5 photofacial treatments.

Advantages of Photodynamic Therapy for Acne Treatment

  • With short incubation, it is painless. Teenagers are very receptive to this treatment modality.
  • It improves teenagers compliance since they often do not use adjunct creams and/or pills.
  • No oral medications such as an antibiotic or isotrentinion are necessary.
  • PDT kills the acne bacteria as well as reducing sebaceous glands. These are the two things that cause acne.
  • It restores the skin integrity to a large degree, resulting in sometimes amazing improvement of not only acne but also acne scarring.
  • It can result in long-lasting remissions.

What are the advantages and key points of PDT?

Levulan is all natural and produced by your body to make hemoglobin. It is applied to your skin for a short period of time. There are no internal side effects. Uptake of Levulan is by abnormal cells. Levulan targets pre-cancerous cells, bacteria, and sebaceous glands that cause acne. Appropriate light wavelength activates Levulan. Your damaged skin then sheds leaving you with new, revitalized skin. Easier for patients than other methods of pre-cancer treatment such as repeated topical liquid nitrogen, Efudex (5-FU), or Aldara, because the side effects are minimal with rapid healing and usually require only 1-3 treaments. The treatment is less painful than these other treatment modalities. The PDT outcomes of reduced scarring and improved cosmetic appearance are greater than with cautery, surgery and Efudex. Levulan cosmetically benefits the whole facial area treated and results are improved clarity, tone and texture.


*Individual results may vary.

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