Photodynamic Therapy in La Jolla

Noticeable Improvement with Little Downtime

Photodynamic Therapy in La jollaPhotodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a powerful non-surgical treatment that addresses problems with the health and appearance of the skin. Available at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center with Hilary Black, R.N., a registered nurse for over 20 years, PDT combines a topical drug and a special light to treat areas of severe sun damage, pre-cancerous cells and uneven tone and texture. The FDA-approved treatment is safe and delivers noticeable improvement with little recovery time.

Skin Conditions Treated with Photodynamic Therapy

Hilary Black, R.N. uses photodynamic therapy to treat the following:

  • Pre-cancerous skin lesions (i.e., actinic keratosis)
  • Acne
  • Sun damage
  • Blotchy pigmentation
  • Uneven skin tone or texture
  • Age spots
  • Rosacea
  • Moderate to severe acne

More about Photodynamic Therapy

During PDT treatment, a special topical drug (called a photosensitizing agent) is applied to the skin and left on to incubate. During this time, the drug is absorbed by rapidly growing cells such as pre-cancerous cells, cancerous cells, sun spots, oil-producing cells or acne-causing bacteria. The drug makes the target cells more sensitive to the light. The skin may be pre-treated with microdermabrasion or a light chemical peel to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells and help the drug to penetrate more deeply.

La Jolla Photodynamic TherapyAfter the drug has sat on the skin for 30 to 90 minutes, a special light or laser is used to activate the drug. A blue light, red light, intense pulsed light or pulsed dye light may be used. Once it has been activated, the drug destroys abnormal cells while simultaneously improving the tone and texture of the skin. Over the next few days, the damaged skin cells flake off, revealing radiant, healthy skin that looks and feels great. The tone of the skin is smoother and it feels firmer to the touch.

Patients may achieve their desired results with one treatment, or require additional treatments, depending on their specific goals. Some patients benefit from a series of three treatments, spaced two to four weeks apart. Hilary can recommend a specific plan of treatment after meeting with a candidate and discussing their needs and expectations.

Advantages of Photodynamic Therapy

There are several advantages to photodynamic therapy. The treatment session is moderately uncomfortable. It does not involve incisions, injections or any additional invasive elements. Patients may experience a mild sunburn-like sensation and swelling for a few days after treatment. PDT is able to target the area(s) that needs improvement without damaging surrounding cells or tissue. This reduces recovery time and minimizes the risk of side effects.

Schedule a Consultation at Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center

To learn more about the cosmetic benefits of PDT, schedule a skin care consultation with Hilary Black, R.N. Contact Belladerma Cosmetic Surgery & Skin Care Center today.