Photodynamic Therapy has many uses in medicine and at The Aesthetic Center, PDT is used primarily for acne treatment and aesthetic skin care.
Photodynamic Therapy FAQs
What is Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) utilizes the topical application of aminolevulinic acid (Levulan®) that is subsequently activated by light to achieve a therapeutic effect. At The Aesthetic Center we utilize intense pulsed light for Levulan activation plus we have the option of ClearLight™ technology from Lumenis®.
How is acne treated with Photodynamic Therapy?
Many factors can contribute to the cause of acne and appropriate treatment depends upon the nature, extent, duration and severity of the lesions as well as psychological factors. Levulan®, a clear liquid, is applied to the skin after which the patient is treated with blue light utilizing either intense pulsed light (IPL) or the ClearLight™ machine from Lumenis®. The Levulan® serves as a photosensitizing agent that helps kill the bacteria most commonly associated with acne. Several treatments are usually required. Treatment is limited to mild to moderate acne lesions.
What is ClearLight™ technology?
ClearLight™ is a light-based treatment for mild to moderate acne. It involves a series of painless treatment sessions, each lasting about 20 minutes. The ClearLight™ machine utilizes a blue wavelength light source to destroy the bacteria most commonly responsible for acne lesions, resulting in a decrease in the number and intensity of acne blemishes. All areas of the body can be treated including the face, neck, back and chest with immediate return to normal activities. ClearLight™ technology can also be used as part of photodynamic therapy.
How is Photodynamic Therapy used for skin care?
At The Aesthetic Center, Photodynamic Therapy is utilized as an adjunct to photorejuvenation to reduce global photo damage including fine lines, brown pigmentation, sallowness and tactile roughness of the skin. Levulan® is applied to the skin after which the patient is treated with intense-pulsed-light therapy (IPL).