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Living in Queensland is fantastic! Beautiful beaches to visit, a climate perfect for outdoor activities and great al fresco dining to enjoy. The only downside to this is the effect of all this sun on our skin. You would be hard pressed to find anyone living here without some level of sun damage. The first priority is obviously sun protection. But for those of us who have already had our share, there are treatments available to reduce the appearance of this sun damage and also to improve the health and quality of our skin. The best treatment to accomplish this is photodynamic therapy (PDT).

PDT is a highly effective way of treating mild to severe sun damaged, blemished or aged skin. The treatment can be used on any part of the body. Commonly treated areas include face, neck, décolletage, hands, arms and legs. PDT is a simple treatment with minimal discomfort, side effects, downtime and excellent cosmetic outcomes. Click here to view a video on the PDT treatment process.

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The treatment itself involves application of a photo sensitising, non toxic chemical to the skin, allowing an incubation period (usually several hours) and then applying a light source, generally an LED light for 30 minutes. The chemical is only absorbed by abnormal or damaged cells in the skin and the treatment is focused only on these areas, leaving the normal skin unaffected.

After the treatment, you must stay out of the sun entirely for 2 days. The treated skin is red and can flake, crust or peel. Healing can take 5-10 days, depending on severity of sun damage present. With complete healing, healthy, smooth, clearer skin is revealed. For further information, click here to download a PDF on PDT.

This treatment will help people with any level of sun damage, pigmentation,acne, rosacea, open pores or general skin ageing. Most people are suitable for the treatment, with the exception of those on certain photo-sensitising medications.

If you are interested in PDT to improve the health and quality of your skin, the next step is to make an appointment for a medical consultation to assess suitability. At this consultation, the procedure will be explained. We also recommend preparing the skin with some home products prior to the treatment and will make recommendations about what to use on your skin after as well. 

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