Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT, is a procedure to treat certain skin cancers and a range of other skin conditions. Also known as Blue Light, the treatment involves the use of a special chemical solution applied to the skin, after which a specialized light therapy is applied to target various skin problems and conditions.
When seeking treatment, call upon the premier dermatologist practicing in the Calabasas area, Dr. Hal Weitzbuch. As an award-winning, board-certified dermatologist, you can be confident that your photodynamic therapy will be performed with the highest level of skill and personal care.
Photodynamic Therapy is a medical procedure, and as a board-certified dermatologist who has gained a specialty in treating skin conditions and cancers, Dr. Hal Weitzbuch is trained to perform this advanced light therapy treatment. At Calabasas Dermatology Center, we have the specialized equipment needed for photodynamic therapy, along with the high-level skills to ensure the procedure is performed correctly.
Photodynamic Therapy is an innovative procedure, which can be utilized to treat a number of conditions including:
As this procedure targets problem skin cells, it is versatile and therefore can be used on several conditions. This is a non-invasive superficial procedure and is not recommended to treat cancers that have reached deeper layers of the skin tissue. Still, Photodynamic Therapy can be used to treat minor surface skin cancer or pre-cancerous skin conditions. PDT is a great way to treat an entire area of sun-damaged to skin to try to kill early skin cancers that can’t be seen yet, in a somewhat prophylactic manner.
Photodynamic Therapy uses light to treat cancerous or infected skin cells and leave you feeling renewed. While many treatments for skin cancer involve surgery or other more invasive techniques, Photodynamic Therapy is simple. The procedure itself is short and will cause only minimal discomfort.
While Photodynamic Therapy targets problem cells, it will minimally harm the surrounding skin tissue and therefore has a quick recovery time.
At Calabasas Dermatology Center, we have state-of-the-art treatments and equipment so that your procedure can be performed with the highest level of skill and attention to detail. There is no better facility in Calabasas for a more comfortable and luxurious experience during your Photodynamic Therapy.
There are two steps to Photodynamic Therapy. The first step is to apply a solution to the surface of the skin. This solution contains photosensitizing agents which will help the therapeutic light reach the problem cells. This “incucbation” period usually lasts anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours.
Once this solution has been absorbed into the skin, the light treatment is initiated. A special light is shined onto the skin for 16 minutes and 40 seconds (1000 seconds total). During this time, the light activates the solution to work together to treat the skin cells creating the problem.
When the procedure is over, and your skin has healed, you will be left with healthier, clearer skin. The treatment should be repeated when necessary, and it is usually recommended to have a series of treatments.
After the procedure is complete, you must avoid light for about 40 hours. During this timeframe, your skin will be temporarily extra-sensitive to light, and must be covered and protected to prevent problems.
Your face may have some temporary redness and you may experience minor discomfort, but overall the recovery should be relatively pain-free. You will likely experience skin sensitivity and should take the necessary steps to protect your skin, under the guidance of Dr. Weitzbuch.
If you have a surface-level skin cancer, pre-cancers, acne, rosacea, or another unsightly or unhealthy skin condition, you may be a candidate for photodynamic therapy. This procedure is excellent for someone who wants to increase the health of their skin and improve the appearance of the skin, or as an effective treatment for more dangerous conditions such as non-melanoma skin cancers.
If you have questions about this advanced, effective procedure, please contact us at Calabasas Dermatology Center to schedule a private consultation. Expect top-level medical treatment in a warm, inviting clinic where your safety and comfort matters – and where we get results you can count upon.
If you have questions about this advanced, effective procedure, please contact Calabasas Dermatology Center to schedule a private consultation.
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