Photodynamic Therapy Removes Sun Damage, Precancerous Areas, & Decreases Acne Breakouts

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to activate a light-sensitizing medicine. When used on the skin it selectively removes sun damage and precancerous growths like actinic keratoses. Other benefits from PDT are a reduction in resistant acne breakouts and the redness seen with rosacea. 

An illustration of how photodynamic therapy of the skin is donePDT uses a medicine that when applied to the skin, makes abnormal cells extremely sensitive to light. Light with wavelengths between 600 - 800 nm is applied and preferentially activates the skin cells that have absorbed the most medicine.

At Skinspirations, we use an IPL that produces this entire range of wavelengths. The IPL not only reduces spots and redness, but it also improves skin texture, reduces fine lines, and makes pores appear smaller.

What To Expect from PDT

In order to give you the best results, we perform microdermabrasion first so that the photosensitizing medication penetrates as deeply as possible. An hour after the medication has been applied, it's removed and replaced with a cream anesthetic for fifteen minutes. The anesthetic is then washed off and the IPL treatment is performed, which takes about fifteen minutes. There is a snapping sensation when the treatment is done, but the anesthetic cream usually makes the procedure comfortable.

Following PDT treatment the skin is often red and may feel sunburned for the first two days. Because of the intense light sensitivity produced by the medication, sun exposure is to be strictly avoided for 48 hours after treatment. Even light through a window may make you feel like a vampire during this time. By day three, brown spots will be darker and the skin will feel tight. Peeling of the treated area usually starts by day four and is complete by day five. By day six, your skin will look brand new.

If you are interested in learning more about how PDT can benefit your skin, schedule a free consultation by registering online here or by calling 727-571-1923.