Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Actinic keratoses (AKs) are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that can lead to skin cancer. Levulan PDT, a 2-part treatment, is unique because it uses a light activated drug therapy to destroy AKs. The topical Solution is applied to the treatment area, which is usually the face, scalp or arms. The solution is then absorbed by the AK cells where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. When the AK cells are exposed to the BLU-U Blue Light Illuminator, a reaction occurs which destroys the AK cells. Levulan PDT has a range of benefits that might be right for you. The treatment offers the following conveniences: no prescription to fill, no daily medication to remember, and treatment is administered by a qualified healthcare professional. Patients treated with Levulan PDT must avoid exposure to sunlight or prolonged/intense light for at least 40 hours. During blue light treatment, you will likely feel tingling, stinging, prickling, or burning of the treated areas. The most common side effects include scaling/crusting, itching, and stinging and/or burning, which typically resolve within one week.