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What is Photo Dynamic Therapy?
Have you heard of photodynamic therapy and wondering if it can help treat a specific skin condition you may have? This innovative treatment utilizes the power of light to address and treat everything from acne and psoriasis to actinic keratosis and certain forms of skin cancer.
Photodynamic therapy, also commonly referred to as blue-light therapy, is an advanced dermatology treatment that combines photosensitizing agents with light energy to correct and treat common skin conditions, such as actinic keratosis or acne. Photosensitizers, such as a topical cream, are activated by certain wavelengths of light and become toxic to the targeted issue.
At Cumberland Skin, our board-certified dermatologists are experienced in utilizing photodynamic therapy (PDT) to help our patients treat and reverse several moderate to severe skin conditions with little to no downtime. Learn more about this revolutionary treatment method by reading our short guide on photodynamic therapy below.
Photodynamic Therapy FAQs
Learn more about photodynamic therapy and how it can improve the health of your skin in our FAQs section, where our board-certified dermatologists answer the most common questions regarding PDT.
There are several different types of light used in photodynamic therapy. This includes laser light, intense pulsed light, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), blue light, red light, and many other visible lights, such as natural sunlight. At Cumberland Skin, we primarily use blue light to treat and correct certain skin conditions.
Yes, photodynamic therapy is very effective at addressing and treating acne. The blue light destroys the C. acnes bacteria, which is an acne-causing bacteria that gets into pores and triggers breakouts.
Additionally, photodynamic therapy for acne also reduces inflammation, which calms active breakouts and alleviates swelling. Following the photodynamic therapy treatment sessions, you’ll find your skin is remarkably improved with fewer blemishes and a clearer, smoother appearance.
Photodynamic therapy is also referred to as photoradiation therapy. Thus, it is a form of radiation. However, PDT has no long-term side effects when used properly and it is significantly less dangerous than other types of radiation therapy.
Some discomfort is often experienced during and after a photodynamic therapy treatment session. Our patients report feeling some stinging and tenderness at the therapy site one to two days following the treatment session.
Photodynamic therapy is very safe when administered by an experienced, licensed professional. Furthermore, PDT is remarkably effective when treating certain skin conditions it has been officially approved for, such as actinic keratosis.
Photodynamic Therapy Photos
Interested in seeing how Cumberland Skin’s photodynamic therapy treatments are performed and how they can help your skin? View the photos below to get a better understanding of this innovative treatment.
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Would you like to know more about photodynamic therapy and how it can help you? At Cumberland Skin, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in delivering exceptional photodynamic therapy to treat a variety of conditions.