Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) involves the application of a medication that sensitizes the skin to light. After an incubation period ranging from 30 minutes to a few hours, during which the medication incorporates itself into the growing precancer cells, the area is illuminated with light for approximately 16-32 minutes. Light plus the topical drug creates a reaction that kills off the precancer cells while sparing normal skin.

During your complimentary consultation, all information and instructions will be given. 

After The Procedure


Be careful to avoid sun exposure, exposure to bright indoor light, and exposure to the sun through a window for 48 hours. Avoid extreme temperatures, wind (if possible), and hot water or other irritants. During this time, you must also wear sunscreen.

Side Effects:

Most patients experience swelling, temporary reddening following treatment, and sometimes some peeling of the treated area for 2-7 days.

After Results:

Typically, for best results, two treatments will be scheduled about a month apart. Most patients will start noticing results 10-14 days after each treatment.

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Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis

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