Although it was first approved by the FDA to treat sun damage, photodynamic therapy is also considered an effective method of curing moderate to severe acne. Patients who live in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County can have this procedure performed here at Supriya Aesthetic Dermatology.
Photodynamic therapy can help people get rid of acne while also preventing future breakouts. One of these treatments can be performed in our office, and few side effects are typically noticed.
What is photodynamic therapy?
This treatment uses a combination of photosensitizing drugs and a light source. Photosensitizing drugs are those that are activated whenever they become exposed to light. This activates oxygen molecules which then work to destroy cells that are nearby. Whenever the light source is applied, acne lesions are then greatly diminished.
How is photodynamic therapy performed?
When used for acne treatment, the drugs are applied topically to the skin. This is left in place for a period of time to allow the medication to work. After that time, a light wand is run over the top of the area. This usually takes less than ten minutes, after which time the face will be cleansed, and the patient can return home.
Is there any pain associated with this type of treatment?
No, photodynamic therapy is normally painless.
How many treatments are generally needed?
Most patients require between three to five treatments, which are given at two- to three-week intervals.
When will results be noticed?
This will depend upon the severity of the acne. Many patients report seeing improvement after only one session.
Photodynamic Therapy for sun damage
Photodynamic Therapy is FDA-approved for both Actinic Keratosis and Bowen’s disease. It can be especially useful for widespread lesions on the face and scalp. Topical-5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) or methylaminolevulinate (MAL) is applied to the lesions at the dermatologist’s office. As soon as an hour later or overnight, those medicated areas can be activated by a strong blue or red light. This light selectively destroys Actinic Keratosis while causing minimal damage to surrounding normal tissue.
What are the benefits of photodynamic treatment?
- An FDA-approved treatment for sun-damaged skin and pre-cancerous Actinic Keratosis.
- Can reduce acne scarring
- Reduces the amount of oil produced by the glands
- Shrinks pores
- Kills some of the bacteria that cause breakouts
- Speeds the shedding of dead skin cells
- Tightens and firms the skin
Who should not undergo this procedure?
Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not undergo photodynamic therapy. Patients who are taking medications that make them sensitive to light may also want to forego this procedure. Patients are encouraged to remain indoors for 48 hours after the procedure, which may require advanced planning.
How long will the effects last?
This varies from one person to the next. Most patients report their results last for several months. Even so, it is important to maintain a good skin care regimen to prevent future breakouts from occurring.
Patients who have a difficult time controlling their acne may want to consider photodynamic therapy. Doing so could greatly improve one’s self-esteem since they will no longer have to worry about how others view them.
How Much Does Photodynamic Therapy Cost?
Skin rejuvenation treatments are considered to be elective, so most insurance providers won’t cover the costs. To help make photodynamic therapy affordable and accessible for everyone, Supriya Aesthetic Dermatology offers financing options via CareCredit®. We also accept cash, personal checks, and major credit cards. Contact us today if you have any questions about the cost of photodynamic therapy.
Supriya Aesthetic Dermatology performs photodynamic therapy for those who live in Jupiter, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County. For more information, patients can contact the office at 561-529-4966.