Skin concerns that are successfully treated with PDT include:
– sun damage including early sun spots
– age spots
– oily skin
– enlarged pores
PDT also has a role in the prevention of some skin cancers, reducing the need for very costly and invasive surgical options at a later time in life.
How does PDT work?
A lotion called 5-ALA is applied to the affected area (eg. face, neck, decollatage, arms and hands). The lotion is then left on the skin for a specified period of time. During this time the 5-ALA is absorbed into the abnormal or damaged cells. Once absorbed, either an LED or IPL light is focused on the area for a period of time. When exposed to the light, only the abnormal cells that have absorbed the 5-ALA are destroyed, sparing the normal skin cells. Healing will take 5-10 days revealing smooth, clear and healthy skin.
The treated area will show signs of redness, peeling and scabbing – all signs of a successful treatment. It is recommended you remain indoors for the first 24-48 hours. Complete sun protection is essential to prevent damage to the delicate healing new skin. For this reason, the best time to undergo PDT to any part of the body is in winter when it is easier to cover up. Below is a short video demonstrating the process involved in a PDT treatment using the Allmedic protocol.
If you would like to find out if PDT is suitable for you, please call or email to make an appointment to discuss your skin concerns.