Photodynamic therapy resolves many skin concerns for New YorkersLight at the blue end of the spectrum has a very short wavelength and high energy. This makes it ideal for addressing a variety of skin conditions. The treatment is called photodynamic therapy, and it is available in New York from Dr. Ariel Ostad.
Blue light therapy PDTPhotodynamic therapy, or PDT, involves a special medication called aminolevulinic acid (ALA) is applied to skin for one hour. It is then activated with blue light for approximately 15 minutes, creating controlled damage at a proper depth. PDT is used to:
- Remove actinic keratoses – pre-cancerous lesions.
- Even out skin tone.
- Reduce sun damage.
- Treat acne.
- Shrink sebaceous (oil) glands.
What to expectYou should protect your skin with zinc oxide sunscreen of at least SPF 30 for a month prior to treatment, to minimize risk of discoloration. Stop using artificial tanners three weeks in advance. Then:
- Skin is cleansed to remove all traces of makeup and oil.
- An aminolevulinic acid solution is applied.
- After 60 minutes, you don protective goggles while skin is treated with blue light for about 15 minutes. You feel warmth, tingling, or stinging for approximately 30-60. Since topical numbing is not effective for this treatment, we keep skin comfortable with a cooling device.
- Sunscreen is applied, and you may return home.
- Tingling, warmth, redness, and swelling may persist for up to three days. Discomfort can be managed with cool compresses and over the counter analgesics.
- Skin flakes for about a week. Cleanse it gently – no scrubbing – and keep the treated area covered with a thin layer of petroleum jelly.
- You may wear makeup when there is no longer redness or crusting.
- It is essential to avoid sun exposure for the first 48 hours, and continue to use sunscreen until healing is complete.
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~ Mark. J Thompson