Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)2018-12-31T17:50:01+00:00

PDT (Photo Dynamic Therapy) is a treatment that is used to improve dull, damaged skin, reduce active acne and treat precancerous spots (actinic keratosis). PDT is renowned for removing many early precancerous cells in the treatment area without leaving any scars.

This non-surgical treatment improves overall skin health as well as look in any area of the face or body.

Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy

  • Works on all skin types
  • Very safe and no scarring
  • Therapeutic and cosmetic improvement
  • Can treat actinic keratosis (precancerous spots)

How it works – “What is PDT?”

The PDT (Photodynamic Therapy) treatment begins with a solution called Levulan, which is a photosensitizer, being applied to the skin surface and left on anywhere from 1 – 4 hours . The prescribing doctors will determine the precise time. Once the incubation time is complete the Levulan solution is then activated by our special LED light therapy for about 20 minutes.

Photodynamic Therapy

What to expect

Your visit to Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre for PDT will take between 2 – 5 hours and is dependant on your incubation time. The PDT can also be paired with the IPL Photorejuvenation treatment as an added bonus to address stubborn pigmentation.

Photodynamic Therapy Results

You will have approximately 48 hours of redness that resembles a sunburn. Cold vinegar compresses can be applied for comfort. After 48 hours the redness will start to subside and the abnormal cells will gradual peel and slough off over the next few days. A light exfoliation can be done on day 5 to smooth the skin.

Recommended sessions

1 treatment every month until any questionable skin lesions have cleared up with annual maintenance if you are at a high risk for skin cancers.

Possible downtime

  • Redness for two days with the dull cells turning brown and exfoliating over the next 5 days

Post treatment care

  • Avoid sun exposure and make up application for 3 days post treatment. Any sun exposure should be done with an SPF 50 or more