Treatments that address cosmetic concerns have grown popular in recent years as people invest more time and effort in caring for their skin. PhotoDynamic therapy is a cutting-edge solution we now offer at YourDerm.Ca in Calgary, AB to help our patients achieve youthful, healthier-looking skin from sun damage and other cosmetic aging flaws. Contact us today to schedule your consultation and find out if this revitalizing treatment may be right for you!
What Is PhotoDynamic Therapy?
PhotoDynamic therapy (PDT therapy) is used to treat a wide variety of dermal concerns, including cancer. This type of treatment involves combining a medication called a photosensitizing agent with light therapy. Photosensitizing agents are activated by light of a certain wavelength. When these agents are activated, they are able to break down tissue within a minimal skin depth.
What Conditions Can PhotoDynamic Therapy Treat?
PhotoDynamic therapy can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, from actinic keratosis to acne. Although there are many treatments for the skin that utilize lights or lasers, photodynamic therapy is unique in that it combines a light source with a medication that is either administered into the bloodstream or applied directly to the target area.
Because of the depth limitations of this therapy, it is generally limited to relatively superficial skin concerns. Other conditions that can be treated by this therapy include:
- Actinic keratosis
- Acne scars
Am I a Good Candidate for PhotoDynamic Therapy?
Men and women experiencing certain superficial conditions of the skin may be good candidates for photodynamic therapy. In particular, conditions that involve sensitivity to light would be contraindications for this therapy because of the light component. Conditions that would not make someone a good candidate for this treatment include:
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Bleeding disorders
- Individuals with allergies to photosensitizing agents
What Can I Expect After Treatment?
Because this therapy works by use of a light source, patients may experience some redness after their treatment. This and other potential side effects will vary based on skin type and the extent of treatment. However, most people have found this treatment safe, effective, and mostly comfortable.
Are you interested in learning more about PDT therapy? Contact us today to schedule your consultation and find out if this cutting-edge treatment may be right for you!