CINCINNATI PHOTO-DYNAMIC THERAPY (PDT)

Treat pre-cancers and acne lesions with this innovative light therapy procedure.

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WHY PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY?

Many patients with Actinic Keratoses find this in-office procedure preferable to, and more time-efficient than, the home-applied topical creams.

A few treatment sessions can usually significantly reduce or clear a large area of pre-cancers or resistant acne.

  • Safe & effective
  • Reduction in pre-cancers
  • More even skin tone
  • Reduction of acne lesions
  • Decreased fine lines & wrinkles
  • Reduction of pore size

WHY AT MONA DERMATOLOGY?

 We treat skin cancers and acne every day.

Trust us to know which options, including PDT, are the best for your situation.

WHAT TO EXPECT

During Treatment

Treatment regimens vary from patient to patient depending on the condition being treated. You will receive a topical application of ALA solution prior to your treatment session. PDT can cause mild to moderate pain during treatments.

After Treatment

After the treatment mild to severe redness, blistering and scabbing can occur. These effects depend on how long the ALA solution is left on, how much light is used, and which light source is used to activate the ALA. The worst cases heal like a severe sunburn over a few days.

PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HOW DOES PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY WORK?

Photodynamic therapy (PDT), is a form of phototherapy using light and a photosensitizing topical chemical substance. When photosensitizers are exposed to a specific wavelength of light, they produce a form of oxygen that kills nearby cells, which over time can reduce pre-cancers (Actinic Keratoses) as well as resistant acne.

HOW LONG WILL MY APPOINTMENT TAKE?

This will depend on what area we are treating, but most appointments will be about 2 ½- 3 hours.  You can wait in the office while the medication incubates, or, if you prefer to leave and come back, you must protect the treated area from sun exposure.

PDT can cause mild to moderate pain during treatments. It is important for patients to avoid all bright light sources (including going outdoors, proximity to windows or skylights or even exposure to bright indoor lights) for 48 hours after treatment.

DOES PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY HURT?

PDT can cause mild to moderate pain during treatments.

IS PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY SAFE?

PDT is a safe procedure in the hands of an experienced professional.

WHAT RESULTS CAN I EXPECT?

After each PDT session, you will experience some improvement in skin tone and texture. There will be a decrease in the overall redness and flushing. Pre-cancers and sunspots will fade; pore sizes will shrink. Fine lines and wrinkles can gradually decrease in size as the new collagen forms beneath the skin. These improvements will continue to increase with each treatment.

WHAT IS THE RECOVERY & DOWNTIME?

After the treatment mild to severe redness, blistering and scabbing can occur. These effects depend on how long the ALA solution is left on, how much light is used, and which light source is used to activate the ALA. The worst cases heal like a severe sunburn over a few days.

It is important for patients to avoid all bright light sources (including going outdoors, proximity to windows or skylights or even exposure to bright indoor lights) for 48 hours after treatment. Otherwise, you may resume normal activities immediately. After treatment, there may also be some discomfort. The skin may appear flushed, brown spots may be darker and tiny veins may be more visible. This will usually diminish over the next couple of days.

AM I A CANDIDATE?

PDT may be right for you if you have pre-cancers (Actinic Keratoses). We can also use PDT to treat resistant acne for people who do not want to use accutane or are resistant to traditional therapies. It is best to schedule a consultation to learn more, as treatment regimens vary from patient to patient depending on the condition being treated.

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