PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY (PDT) LEVULAN
In Tucson, there’s no escaping the sun. If you are concerned that the sun damage on your face may result in precancerous lesions, we can combine your IPL laser treatment with a topical pre-treatment called Levulan ® which is preferentially absorbed by skin cancer cells. This treatment helps kill fast-growing skin cells, and is beneficial not only for sun damage, but for a variety of other hard-to-treat skin conditions.
IPL, or photo rejuvenation laser, uses intense pulsed light to treat areas of abnormally dark pigmentation in the skin. This laser treatment has a variety of uses, but is normally used to treat brown spots caused by sun damage and aging. The combination of IPL photo rejuvenation laser used in conjunction with Levulan ® is called Photo Dynamic Therapy. Levulan is applied to the target area, and then a very bright light is used to illuminate the area. During this process, normal cells are left relatively undamaged, as PDT affects mainly fast-growing skin. The skin cancer or pre-skin cancer will then crust and fall off in the next week or two, leaving fresh healthy skin beneath.
If you have severe, persistent cystic acne, or certain other types of vascular skin imperfections, this treatment may also be used as part of a treatment plan to help the chronic scarring and skin abnormalities in conjunction with topical skin products and other treatments. This treatment also improves the look of rosacea, telangiectasias, hemangiomas, sun damage, dyschromia, melasma, poikiloderma, and angiomas on the face and other body areas. However, it is best to consult with one of our skin care specialists to see if photo dynamic therapy is the best treatment option for you.
To learn more about Photo Dynamic Therapy and to see if it is right for you, or if another treatment may be more appropriate for either your sun damage or other skin imperfections, schedule a free consultation today by calling (520) 318-5515.