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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

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Photodynamic therapy, also known as PDT, is a procedure that treats a combination of changes in facial skin, as well as significant sun damage. It is especially helpful for achieving a wide range of facial rejuvenation in Vancouver, including removing pre-cancerous spots (actinic keratosis), treating acne, eliminating irregular pigmentation and improving skin texture – especially reducing pore size.

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Photodynamic Therapy Benefits

We are able to combine ALA (aminolevulinic acid) with Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) to optimize the cosmetic benefits while addressing unhealthy, sun damaged skin cells. IPL Photorejuvenation will not only activate the Levulan but also reduce the appearance of brown sun spots and facial spider veins for a noticeable glow and more radiant skin. Photodynamic Therapy not only improves overall skin health for reformed sun-worshippers, but it can also reduce the appearance of textural concerns such as acne scars, making this a very versatile treatment.

  • Well tolerated
  • Performed in a clinic environment
  • No needles or surgery required
  • Favourable cosmetic results
  • Scarring has never been reported

How Photodynamic Therapy Works

Photodynamic skin rejuvenation utilizes Levulan, also known as aminolevulinic acid (ALA) applied topically to the whole area to be treated. It is a photosensitizer that is taken up by rapidly dividing cells and other unhealthy skin cells. The Levulan is left on the skin to ‘incubate’ for a  period of time before being activated with a light source such as LED Therapy or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) for enhanced cosmetic rejuvenation.

What to Expect

PDT for skin rejuvenation usually consists of 2 to 4 treatments at 3 week intervals. Following the treatment, one can expect the skin to look mildly red or even sunburned. This redness can be expected to last for a few days.

The skin improves with a more even coloured tone, smaller pore size, smoother texture, and a more youthful rejuvenated look. Reduction in overall sun damage, as well as pre-cancerous lesions and potential early skin cancer changes can also be expected. PDT therapy is very effective for the face, neck, arms, chest, hands, torso or legs.

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