Photodynamic therapy (PDT) or “blue light treatments” is a “magic bullet” treatment that uses a combination of a photosensitizing agent (Levulan), and a particular type of light (laser or intense pulse light device). The photosensitizing agent (Levulan) is applied to the skin in the form of a liquid and is selectively absorbed by target cells over a short span of time. When photosensitizers are exposed to a specific wavelength of light, they produce a form of oxygen which selectively destroys the target cells.
- Actinic keratoses
- Sebaceous hyperplasia
- Bowen’s disease
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Superficial basal call carcinoma
Photodynamic Therapy Rejuvenates Aging Skin
One of the pleasant side effects of photodynamic therapy is that it also rejuvenates the aging skin, treating broken capillaries, rosacea, brown spots, and fine lines. After photodynamic therapy is completed, strict sun avoidance for 1-2 days is required.
PDT Selectively Targets Skin Cancers, Precancerous Conditions, Oil Glands, and Acne.
Photodynamic therapy techniques have recently been FDA approved for the treatment of some skin cancers, and precancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses. Aminolevulinic acid (ALA or Levulan) has gained popularity and FDA approval as a photosensitizers for photodynamic therapy for actinic keratoses. If untreated, these actinic keratoses may progress into squamous cell cancers.
Insurance May Cover Your Treatment
Insurance covers this treatment if you have a history of skin cancer or precancerous lesions called actinic keratoses. Please contact our office to make a consultation to see if you are a candidate for this treatment. Your skin will thank you!
For more information or to book an appointment call (615) 454 – 9356.