Photodynamic Therapy

What Is Photodynamic Therapy?

Photodynamic Therapy, also known as PDT, is a treatment that uses a photosensitizing molecule (special drug) and a light source to activate it.

What is Photodynamic Therapy Used For?

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) has been found to be extremely successful in the removal of sun damage on the skin and for the treatment of very early, thin skin cancers.

What Should I Expect After My PDT Treatment?

Areas of the skin treated with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) may appear red and you might experience some peeling which typically lasts between 2-7 days. Most patients are able to their normal activities within 24-48 and avoiding direct sunlight for the first 1 to 2 days is crucial.

Is PDT a Painful Treatment?

Typically, there is little pain. As no two patients are identical, individual reactions and tolerance to levels of discomfort will vary. After treatment, most experience mild skin irritation such as a tight, dry feeling on the skin. Frequent application of plain Vaseline has been known to improve this discomfort.

How Often May I Expect To Need Treatment?

Although a highly effective treatment, it is not uncommon to continue to need periodic treatments. This will depend on one’s individual skin and the severity of the sun damage.