The Face & Body Place By Dr. Kimberly Finder, M.D.

Photodynamic Therapy

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2019-07-10T04:12:20-07:00

Do You Have Sun Damaged Skin?

If you have sun damaged skin, acne, rosacea and precancerous changes of the skin, you are likely a good candidate for Photodynamic Therapy.

How Does Photodynamic Therapy Work?

Photodynamic Therapy is a non-invasive skin treatment using a medication called Amaluze that is painted on the skin and then activated by light. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a two-step process. First, the medicine is applied to clean skin. It takes about an hour for it to be absorbed by skin cells. Certain skin cells and structures preferentially absorb the Amaluze medication and are affected by the treatment. The second step involves activating the absorbed medication with a light source. The combination of the medicine and the light causes a chemical reaction that removes or modifies the targeted cells. Because Amaluze is activated by light, care must be taken with sun exposure for about 48 hours.