PDT is a non-invasive procedure used to treat a variety of skin conditions. It is a special treatment performed with a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan (5-aminolevulinic acid or ALA) or Metvixia (methyl aminolevulinate) which is activated with the correct wavelength of light. This treatment is also commonly referred to as “ALA or PDT treatment”, Levulan photofacial or Photodynamic Acne Therapy. Prior to light treatment, we allow the topical photosensitizing agent to undergo an incubation time of one to three hours on the skin in order to provide the most effective results possible.
Our physicians have vast experience with PDT, and have been involved in clinical research, published peer-reviewed journal articles and lectured on the topic worldwide. Furthermore, Dr. Goldman is the lead author and editor of the preeminent Photodynamic Therapy textbook, now in its second edition, which is used to teach physicians around the world about the advanced techniques we use to help our patients achieve maximum results.
What does PDT treat?
PhotoDynamic Therapy (PDT) delivers amazing results and can treat the following conditions with minimal downtime and risk.
- Sebaceous gland hyperplasia
- Reduce or eliminates use of oral antibiotics
- Eliminate concerns of antibiotic-resistant bacteria
- Sun damage
- Pre-cancerous lesions (actinic keratosis)
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How does PDT work?
PhotoDynamic therapy in San Diego is for the treatment of acne and other skin diseases involves the use of photochemical reactions to photosensitizing agents, light, and oxygen. It involves three steps. First, microdermabrasion is done and followed by the photo-sensitizer which is applied to the skin surface and taken up by the acne lesions. Then 4 specific wavelengths of lasers ( PDL, IPL, Blue Light and Red Light) are applied toward the acne lesions, activating the photo-sensitizer in the presence of oxygen.
Because the photo-sensitizer is preferentially absorbed by the acne lesions and the light source is directly targeted on the lesional tissue, PDT achieves dual selectivity, minimizing damage to adjacent healthy structures. It is mediated by oxygen-dependent photochemical reactions, resulting in destruction of the acne lesion.
The purpose of this treatment is to initiate photochemical reactions, and not to heat or mechanically change tissue as seen in other dermatologic uses. Ultimately, Photodynamic Therapy is a very safe procedure that can provide patients with outstanding results with minimal downtime and risk. Read more about PDT.
Benefits of PDT
As a non-invasive laser procedure, PDT works to treat a variety of skin imperfections.
- Treatment of pre-cancerous lesions (Actinic Keratosis)
- Improvement in skin texture
- Reduction in acne and rosacea
- Decrease in oil production
- More consistent skin tone and color
- Removal of brown and red spots
Photodynamic Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is photodynamic therapy?
Q: Who is a good candidate for Photodynamic Therapy in San Diego?
Q: How many treatments will I need?
Q: Does PDT work for acne?
Q: How does it work for precancerous lesions?
Q: What are the advantages for treating skin pre-cancer?
Q: How much downtime should I expect after a treatment?
Q: What are the side effects?
Q: How much does it cost?
Q: What is levulan?
Need Photodynamic Therapy in San Diego? Call us today!
Please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at (858) 943-2113 for more information on photodynamic therapy and to schedule a consultation. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and Downtown San Diego.