What Is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a cosmetic treatment that involves the use of a photosensitizing agent and a light source to selectively target and treat various skin conditions, including acne, sun damage, certain types of skin cancer, and skin rejuvenation.
Benefits Of PDT
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) offers several potential benefits for various skin conditions, including:
• PDT can effectively target and destroy sebaceous glands that contribute to the development of acne. It can help reduce the appearance of acne lesions, such as pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. It can also help control excess oil production in the skin, improving acne management.
• PDT can help improve overall skin tone, texture, and appearance. It can reduce the appearance of sun damage, such as sunspots and pigmentation irregularities. It can help minimize fine lines, wrinkles, and rough skin texture, resulting in a more youthful and refreshed look.
• PDT can be used as a non-surgical treatment option for certain types of skin cancer, such as actinic keratosis, superficial basal cell carcinoma, and Bowen's disease. It can selectively target and destroy cancerous or precancerous cells while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.
How is PDT Performed?
The process of PDT typically involves the following steps:
1) A photosensitizing agent, which is a type of topical medication, is applied to the skin. This agent is designed to be absorbed by certain cells in the skin, such as abnormal or damaged cells.
2) After the application of the photosensitizing agent, a period of time known as the incubation period is allowed to pass, allowing the agent to be absorbed by the targeted cells. The duration of the incubation period can vary depending on the specific photosensitizing agent used and the condition being treated.
3) Once the incubation period has passed, the targeted area of the skin is exposed to a specific wavelength of light, typically a red or blue light, depending on the photosensitizing agent used. The light activates the photosensitizing agent, leading to a series of chemical reactions that generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) within the targeted cells.
4) The ROS generated during the activation of the photosensitizing agent can cause damage to the targeted cells, leading to destruction or ablation of these cells. This can be used to treat various skin conditions, such as acne by targeting and destroying sebaceous glands, or precancerous or cancerous cells in the case of certain types of skin cancer.
5) Following PDT, the treated area of the skin undergoes a healing and rejuvenation process, during which new, healthy skin cells are generated to replace the destroyed cells. This can result in improved skin tone, texture, and appearance, depending on the specific condition being treated.
Is PDT Safe?
PDT is a non-surgical and minimally invasive treatment option that does not require incisions or anesthesia. It typically has minimal downtime compared to more invasive procedures, making it a convenient option for those seeking skin treatments with limited recovery time.
PDT is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified healthcare professional. Side effects are typically temporary and mild, such as redness, swelling, and temporary sensitivity to light. Serious complications are rare when PDT is performed according to appropriate protocols and guidelines.
Cost of the treatment starts from $ 100 / 60 min
It's important to note that the specific results and benefits of the treatment may vary depending on the individual's skin condition, treatment plan, and other factors. It's essential to consult with our specialists to determine if the treatment is suitable for your specific needs and expectations.