Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT, is a specialized treatment performed in conjunction with the Levulan Kerastick. Once applied, Levulan is naturally attracted and absorbed by quickly growing abnormal cells and oil glands. After allowing Levulan to incubate and fully absorb into the target cells, it is activated by the BLU-U light.
What is Levulan Kerastick used for?
The Levulan Kerasick for Topicla Solution plus blue light illumination using the BLU-U light Photodynamic therapy illuminator is indicated for the treatment of minimally to moderately thick actinic keratosis of the face, ears, scalp or arms.
During PDT treatments:
The BLU-U light is of low intensity and will not heat the skin. However, during the treatment, you may experience slight burning sensations, tingling, or stinging. The discomfort subsides at the end of the treatment. Swelling and scaling may occur, however, these effects are temporary and should resolve completely. There is absolutely no possibility of scarring or permanent damage. For optimal results, a series of 1-2 treatments are usually necessary, 6 weeks apart.
- Avoid exposure of the photosensitive treatment sites to sunlight or bright light for at least 40 hours after the application of Levulan Kerastick.
- Sunscreen should be worn along with a wide brimmed hat post treatment.
- Moisturizer should be applied post treatment, daily.
Convenience of PDT treatments:
- A 2 step treatment that is completed in a matter of hours
- Minimal downtime
- No prescriptions to fill
- Flexible treatment for a range of AK’s of face, scalp and arms
- No scarring reported
- Softer, smoother skin
- Low cost treatment
Cost of Treatment:
Photodynamic Therapy may be covered by insurance and our office will gladly help with the precertification process. However, insurance may or may not cover Levulan. Medicare covers the entire procedure. For other insurances, there is a $400 deposit required.
Before and After Photos of Photodynamic Therapy:
Picture of actual patient