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Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a great option for treating precancerous skin lesions called actinic keratosis.

This review of prior research, published on August 27th in JAMA Dermatology, found that people who underwent PDT were 14 percent more likely to have the lesion completely cleared three months later than those who had the freezing treatment known as cryotherapy:

http://consumer.healthday.com/cancer-information-5/mis-cancer-news-102/light-therapy-a-good-option-for-clearing-pre-cancerous-skin-lesions-study-says-691170.html

PDT involves applying a medication in the clinic and letting it incubate for about an hour. This is followed by 16 minutes of blue light exposure using our Blu-U light. Some patients experience slight burning or tingling during the light exposure but most say it is much less severe than the pain from liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy). Patients need to stay out of the sun for about a day and a half following a treatment.

This is a great option for treating extensive actinic keratoses on the face, scalp, arms, or legs. Patients often note a beneficial side effect of rejuvenated skin following PDT.

In some instances we can also use PDT for acne or other skin conditions.

Please call 210-829-5180 for further details or to make an appointment!

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