Photodynamic Therapy Newport Beach
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a very safe and effective treatment for moderate to severe acne, aging, and severe sun damage.
PDT is a special treatment that uses a photosensitizing agent (Levulan) that is applied to skin and then activated with a light source (IPL and/or blue light) to help reverse sun damage and treat acne. The beauty of utilizing PDT is its ability to rejuvenate skin in addition to successfully improving such skin conditions as acne and severe sun damage all in one procedure.
Photodynamic Therapy FAQ’s
The Levulan is absorbed by actively proliferating cells such as bacteria, oil glands and sun-damaged cells. The light source used may be a visible blue light or intense pulsed light. It activates the Levulan in the targeted cells, which are then destroyed. Bacteria are destroyed, oil glands shrink and sun damaged cells peel away. Skin texture is improved, pore size is reduced, and skin appears smoother, brighter, and healthier.
The patient experiences a mild tingling during the treatment. The next few days feel like you have a bad sunburn as the old cells are shed off.
It is very important that you avoid direct sunlight for 48 hours (including windows) after having the treatment. Sunlight contains the spectrum of light that can unpredictably activate the chemical and result in a much deeper peel than was expected.
- Sun damage: face, neck, shoulders, back, chest, hands, arms and legs
- Acne, oily skin, and enlarged pores
If you have recurrent cold sores, we’ll start an antiviral medications before the procedure. We will perform an acetone scrub and a clear painless solution is applied to your skin and left on for 1-4 hours depending on the site being treated. It is then activated by a light source for a few minutes. Most people require three to five treatments, two to four weeks apart.