Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
I’m interested, what’s the next step?
The suitability of the procedure and your individual needs and desired results will be discussed during an initial consultation. During this the most suitable products and treatments to achieve the best results will be determined.
If you are looking to find out more about whether PDT is right for you you can arrange a complimentary consultation with one of our nurse consultants.
What is Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic Therapy’s non-invasive light therapy is a revolutionary new way to treat aged, blemished and sun-damaged skin. It can be used to treat a range of skin conditions on all areas of the body including acne, rosacea, fine lines, pigmentation and skin discolouration, in an affordable, fast and relatively painless way. Photodynamic Therapy is very effective on areas that were previously hard to treat, for example the hands, legs, arms, scalp and décolletage.
Who is a good candidate?
Photodynamic Therapy is suitable for treating many different conditions, and will help improve the overall look, feel and health of your skin. It is very effective at treating solar/ actinic keratosis and other kinds of sun damage.
The affected area is covered with a natural lotion called m-ALA or 5-ALA, which is absorbed into damaged or abnormal cells. An LED light source is then focussed onto the treated areas, and the abnormal cells are destroyed and replaced with healthy, fresh new cells. The treatment usually takes around 45- 60 mins to complete.
How long will I need off work?
Most laser patients will take 7 to 10 days off work following the procedure. During the 2nd week after Photodynamic Therapy it’s possible to use mineral makeup to disguise any redness.
For the first 2 days patients experience redness and swelling, along with extreme sensitivity to light. We recommend that you stay indoors as much as possible.
3 to 5 days after the procedure the treated area will be tender and red. The skin may scab, peel and flake off which is normal and means that the treatment is working.
6 to 9 days after the redness will begin to disappear, and skin will be healing but may still feel dry, tight or itchy.
After 10 to 14 days the treated area will be fully healed, and clear, healthy, smooth skin will be revealed.
Is there discomfort?
While the 5-ALA lotion is being radiated under the light there is a mild heating sensation. This is reduced by a cold air machine that blows on the area to cool it down. Several hours after the procedure the affected area will feel hot, and this can be relieved by a cold compress.
Pre and post treatment care
Our registered nurses will manage your pre and post treatment care.
Risks and complications
The first week after the Photodynamic Therapy treatment it’s normal to experience redness, swelling, itchiness and peeling. In the rare event that you develop an infection after the procedure, you will be prescribed antibiotics. If you have a history of cold sores you will be prescribed antivirals, as the herpes virus (which causes cold sores) can flare up following the resurfacing of the skin. Darker skins have an increased risk of developing increased pigmentation of the skin (or hyperpigmentation) following Photodynamic Therapy.