Photodynamic therapy is a medical treatment that uses a photosensitizing chemical that is activated by blue light or IPL. It is used to treat precancerous skin lesions known as actinic keratoses and nonmelanoma skin cancers. It is also recommended for patients with severe active acne, acne scars as well as severe sun damage, rosacea and psoriasis.
It works by aggressively targeting and destroying cancerous cells, & bacteria and fungus that causes cystic and severe chronic acne. In our photodynamic therapy treatment we use Levulan Kerastick (aminolevulinic acid) which is a photosensitizer. The treatment consists of two steps. First, the medication is applied to the skin and depending on what condition you are treating, it is left on for 1-3 hours which is called the incubation process. Levulan makes your skin sensitive to light. Next is the activation process where your skin is exposed to Blu-U Light, IPL (Intense Pulse Light), or both in order to activate the medication. Your skin is exposed to light for up to 20 mins. For precancerous skin lesions and nonmelanoma skin cancers, one treatment is typically needed. If you are treating active acne or acne scars, sun damage, rosacea and psoriasis usually three treatments spread out 4-6 weeks is needed for optimal results. After the photodynamic treatment, your skin will be extremely sensitive to light especially sunlight. It's recommended to stay indoors and away from direct sunlight for at least 48 hours. Recovery time on average is between one to two weeks.
Levulan 1-1.5 hour incubation with Blu-U Light Activation - $575
Levulan 2-3 hour incubation with Blu-U Light Activation - $675
Levulan 2-3 hour incubation with Blu-U Light Activation and IPL - $775