Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that can address sun damage, acne and some skin cancers. It uses medications to make the abnormal cells vulnerable to laser light energy. It is one of the most common treatments for precancerous and cancerous conditions. Our specialists in Lafayette may be able to help you have clear skin again by removing brown spots caused by long exposure to direct sunlight and aging.
A special drug is used during the procedure that will make the cells especially sensitive to light. The drug may be applied directly to the skin if the sun damage is near the surface. Once the targeted area is saturated with the drug, the specialist uses special light energy to activate the drug and destroy the affected cells.
Photodynamic therapy is commonly used in Lafayette to help improve the appearance of or cure actinic keratoses, which are precancerous growths that develop in areas of the skin that have had long exposure to the sun. They are mainly found on the face, arms, hands and chest. PDT may also be very effective in treating moderate to severe acne. When the person has a series of treatments, the acne may go into remission for months. The treatment may also reverse some acne scarring.
If after consulting our specialist in Lafayette you decide PDT is your best option for treating the sun damage on your skin, we can create a customized treatment regimen for you. There are several types of lights that may be used, and the treatment will be tailored to your wants and needs.
Photodynamic therapy is a safe and proven treatment for many skin disorders and unwanted skin conditions, including sun damage. If you have sun-damaged skin, you may be able to have clear skin again thanks to this treatment. Visit our specialist at Hubbell Dermatology and Aesthetics and learn about the best treatment for your skin condition. Our team would be happy to help you!
Hubbell Dermatology and Aesthetics is conveniently located in Lafayette. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more information about photodynamic therapy (PDT).