Photodynamic Therapy in Laguna Beach, CA

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What is Photodynamic Therapy?

Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, is a groundbreaking dermatology treatment explicitly designed to destroy precancerous skin damage. The experienced staff at ZO Skin Centre® in Laguna Beach are highly trained in performing this procedure for men and women of virtually all ages. We incorporate the use of topical medication, as well as blue or red light exposure in order to eliminate the affected skin cells. Additionally, PDT can also be used to treat acne outbreaks that have not responded to topical ointments or medications. Meet with Dr. Katherine Ferris — our sole practitioner of photodynamic therapy — today in order to learn more about its benefits, as well as how they might apply to your health. Our practice is conveniently located in Laguna Beach, CA.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Photodynamic Therapy?

Patients that are considered ideal for photodynamic therapy typically have light-to-fair skin tone, as well as visible damage from the sun. Those seeking treatment for stubborn bouts of acne are also considered good candidates for the treatment. In addition, patients suffering from the effects of actinic keratosis have shown improvements in the scaly patches of their skin. However, we usually do not recommend PDT for patients who have:

  • Light sensitivities
  • Prescribed medication with side effects of light sensitivity
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or any blood disorder

If you have any questions about your qualifications to undergo photodynamic therapy, visit our office today to have all of your concerns answered.

How is Photodynamic Therapy Performed?

In preparation for the treatment, the patient's skin will be sterilized before a topical medication will be administered to the epidermis of the affected skin tissue. It can take up to 1 – 3 hours for this medication to completely absorb into the skin, depending on the size and severity of the sun damage. Once the medication has been absorbed, we will expose the targeted area to blue lights for around 5 – 15 minutes. During this time, patients often describe their skin as feeling warm or tingly. However, this is entirely expected and rarely, if ever, reaches the point of discomfort.

What Results Can I Expect After Photodynamic Therapy?

While patients are free to return home immediately following the treatment, we do cover the treatment area with sunscreen in order to ensure it stays protected from the sun's UV rays. It is also important for patients to stay out of direct sunlight as much as possible for at least 24 – 48 hours after leaving our office. Many patients describe the post-treatment sensation as feeling like a mild sunburn. Additionally, some patients may experience blistering, swelling, and crusting. Some patients may require only one treatment. However, most will need to return for follow-ups in order to get the most out of the procedure.

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Sun damage and acne aren't things to take lightly. Photodynamic therapy is an incredible means of combating the effects of precancerous cells, acne outbreaks, and actinic keratosis. If left untreated, these conditions could cause irreparable damage to your skin. Our practice in Laguna Beach, CA is dedicated to ensuring the optimal health of each and every one of our patients. Schedule an appointment at ZO Skin Centre® in Laguna Beach today to discuss with one of our expert doctors whether or not this treatment is right for you.

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