Laser & Light Treatments
Photodynamic skin rejuvenation involves the application of Levulan®, a photosensitizing agent, which is then activated with a blue light source. This results in significant improvement in precancerous conditions such as:
- Actinic Keratoses (AKs)
- Sun-damaged Skin
- Moderate to Severe Cystic Acne
- Potentially Superficial Skin Cancers
Additionally, it improves:
- Pore Size
- Skin Texture
Photodynamic rejuvenation may also prevent the development of skin cancer. Please contact our office for more details about this procedure.
Photodynamic therapy more commonly refers to the treatment of actinic keratoses.
Levulan® Kerastick® (aminolevulinic acid HCl) for Topical Solution, 20% (Levulan Kerastick) plus blue light illumination using the BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator (Levulan PDT) is indicated for the treatment of minimally to moderately thick actinic keratosis of the face or scalp. Actinic keratoses (AKs) are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that can lead to skin cancer. It is important to treat AKs because there is no way to tell when or which lesions will progress to squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), the second most common form of skin cancer.
Levulan PDT, a 2-part treatment, is unique because it uses a light activated drug therapy to destroy AKs. How does it work? Levulan Kerastick Topical Solution is applied to the AK. The solution is then absorbed by the AK cells where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. When the AK cells are exposed to the BLU-U Blue Light Illuminator, a reaction occurs which destroys the AK cells.
Ultraviolet therapy (also known as Phototherapy) uses UVA or UVB light, depending on each patient's individual condition, to slow the growth of new skin cells. This minimally invasive treatment is customized for each patient and delivered solely to the targeted area to reduce damage to surrounding healthy cells.
This procedure is performed quickly and conveniently in your doctor's office, taking just a few seconds to treat unwanted conditions such as psoriasis, eczema and vitiligo and return skin to its original state. Localized areas of skin can be treated specifically to improve its appearance through a series of treatment sessions. Your doctor will decide whether or not this treatment is right for you after a thorough evaluation of your condition.
Narrow-band UVB phototherapy involves shining ultraviolet light on the skin to treat psoriasis and other chronic skin conditions. It is an easier and safer alternative to PUVA treatment (psoralen plus UVA phototherapy). As its name suggests, the light that is used in narrow-band UVB phototherapy is a very specific range of wavelengths in the ultraviolet spectrum - just 311 to 312 nm - that has been shown to most effectively slow the rapid growth of cells and improve the symptoms of psoriasis.
Patients generally receive narrow-band UVB phototherapy treatments three times per week for about 10 weeks. Exposure time begins at a few seconds and increases with each session. Session lengths are tailored to the patient's skin type and tolerance. After the skin has cleared, UVB phototherapy may be continued to prolong remission time, or patients may undergo other skin disorder treatments to minimize their exposure to ultraviolet light.