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What is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is FDA approved a non-invasive and the most recent advanced technology in treating moderate to severe cystic acne. It utilizes a topical photosensitizing agent called aminolevulinic acid(ALA) activated with the wavelength of light ranges of 400-980nm.
PDT treatment has the unique ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands, effectively treating stubborn acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, and improve the appearance of some acne scars. PDT treatment also removes sun damaged pre-cancerous zones and spots called actinic keratosis. Sun damage, fine lines, and blotchy pigmentation can be also improved because of the positive effect of photosensitizing agent, ALA and the light treatment.
Types of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
There are several different kinds of Photodynamic Therapies (PDT) depending on the types of photosensitizing agents and dosage of photosensitizing agents in the medication. The most popular photosensitizing agent for PDT is aminolevulinic acid (ALA) which is well known for very effective and stabilizing results associated with light therapy. Aminolevulinic acid is a naturally occurring, photosensitizing substance that is found in the body. Other photosensitizing agents such as Indocyanine Green (ICG) can also be used in PDT.
Most individuals see dramatic improvement in skin tone and texture after just one Photodynamic Therapy; however the number of treatments will be determined by the condition and area being treated.
Downtime after Cool PDT program is none to minimal. Patient may experience some redness after the treatment but it will dissipate within a couple of hours. From the evening of treatment day, you can wash your face and can put make up on. Patient does not have to avoid direct sun exposure as long as proper sun protection is administered. About 5 treatments with every 1 week to 2 weeks intervals are required for the optimum result.
Levulan PDT is a strong and powerful treatment method as the treatment results can be shown within one week after only one treatment. With 3-4weeks interval, 3 treatments are sufficient enough for a complete resolution of inflammatory acne.
In Levulan PDT, 20% of aminolevulinic acid(ALA) is used. It can be applied for moderate to severe inflammatory acne. Patients with severe sun damaged skin manifested by actinic keratosis, texture, and tone changes including mottled pigmentation and skin laxity may see excellent results. You may also see improvement of large pores and pitted acne scars. Active acne can improve dramatically.
Natural PDT can reduce sebaceous gland activity with a light source without a photosensitizing agent. Our advanced elōs™ Acne Treatment often called Natural PDT is proven, effective, gentle acne treatment that is the first and only technology that uses elōs™ technology, combination of bi-polar radio frequency (RF) and light energies to effectively and gently resolve active acne by treating it at its source.
Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
The PDT treatment at our clinic is painless and improves the whole facial area treated creating all one color, texture, and tone rather than just spot treating with liquid nitrogen, cautery and surgery. In summery, PDT has many advantages such as;
Treated Condition with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
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