Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT, is a specialized treatment performed with a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan. Levulan (ALA) is a naturally occurring substance found throughout the body. 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 either BluU o V-Beam to produce oxygen particles that will destroy these target cells. These treatments remove sun damaged, pre-cancerous zones, and spots known as Actinic Keratoses. Furthermore, it will minimize pores, reduce oil glands, treat acne, acne rosacea, and improve the appearance of some acne scars. Finally, the skin will become softer and smoother with the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.
For optimal results, a series of 1-2 treatments are usually necessary. However, for the treatment of acne, a series of treatments is crucial; typically 2-4 treatments are necessary. Post-treatment side effects may include a “sunburn-like” reaction that may last up to 5-7 days, possible swelling, peeling, and discomfort. However, please remember, no matter how severe the initial response may be, there is absolutely no possibility of scarring or permanent damage.
Photodynamic Therapy may be covered by insurance and our office will gladly help with the precertification process. However, insurance will not cover Levulan, which generally costs $400.
Before and After Photos of Photodynamic Therapy:
Picture of actual patient