Photodynamic therapy near Poolesville, MD for beautiful skin
Modern dermatology offers a number of treatment options for the correction of various skin concerns. Some of the most significant advances include laser and light therapy. The problem with some laser or light treatments is that energies applied affect the entire surface of skin. In addition to being uncomfortable, this approach may also carry unwanted side effects. The development of photodynamic therapy, or PDT, has changed the way some skin conditions are treated.
How PDT works
Photodynamic therapy addresses aging and sun damaged skin, including precancerous lesions safely and effectively. Light energy is enhanced by the application of a light-sensitizing medication before light or laser energy is run across the skin. When light energy reaches the medication, it is activated to attack abnormal cells in damaged skin.
This innovative treatment was developed specifically for the treatment of actinic keratoses. Over time, photodynamic therapy has been found to treat conditions such as enlarged pores, rosacea, and inflammatory acne successfully.
Customized treatment to meet your needs
One of the primary advantages to photodynamic therapy is the ability to customize treatment to target specific skin concerns. Your dermatologist designs treatment to include the most appropriate light source to achieve the desired outcome. Photodynamic therapy may use energy from platforms such as intense pulsed light, pulsed dye lasers, and more. The combination of medication and the light source best suited to your skin type and condition leads to clearer, healthier, more attractive skin. Many people choose to incorporate photodynamic therapy into non-ablative light or laser treatments to boost results without significantly increasing side effects., Beautiful results may be achieved in fewer treatments.
Photodynamic therapy is ideal for the treatment of sun damage and precancerous lesions. To enjoy the longest lasting results, we encourage patients to avoid direct exposure to sunlight for a few days after treatment while skin is still healing. During this time, redness and slight peeling may occur. Sun protection with the daily application of broad-spectrum sunscreen is recommended.
Treatment with Dr. Prussick or one of his experienced staff begins with a comprehensive consultation in which we get to know you and your skin concerns. Schedule your consultation to learn more about photodynamic therapy in our office near Poolesville, Maryland.Back to Cosmetic Dermatology Page