Photodynamic Therapy

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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.

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*Individual Results May Vary

Consultations are Available Now

The first step is to schedule an in-person consultation with Dr. Kimberly Finder or one of our trusted providers at The Face and Body Place. Simply fill out the form on this page and request a consultation and we will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation appointment.

Am I a Good Candidate for Photodynamic Therapy?

This unique treatment is helpful for the treatment of sun damaged skin, acne, rosacea and precancerous changes of the skin. If you’re experiencing any of these skin conditions, then photodynamic therapy may be the right solution for you.

How Long Does a Typical Treatment Take?*

Step one of photodynamic therapy takes about one hour for the medicine to be applied to and absorbed by the treatment area. The length of step two – the activation of the medication with an IPL – is going to vary patient to patient. This is because everyone who chooses photodynamic therapy has a different presentation of unhealthy skin that needs to be treated, and some may require more light activation than others. Most patients need between two to three treatments spaced four to six weeks apart to achieve their desired results.

What Results Will I See?*

When it comes to cosmetic treatments, individual results are always going to vary. Generally speaking, though, photodynamic therapy allows patients to achieve excellent improvement in their skin’s condition. This can result in not only healthier skin, but a boost in self-confidence, too.

Is There Any Downtime?

Photodynamic therapy patients must remain indoors or minimize sun exposure for 48 hours. During that time, you may experience some mild dryness and a faint or mild sunburn of the treatment site. Rarely, patients may experience more serious skin dryness, redness or burning. After 48 hours have passed, you may return to work or your other daily activities.

Take the Next Step

To schedule your consultation with Dr. Kimberly Finder, please fill out the form on this page or call The Face and Body Place in San Antonio, TX, at 210-492-3200.

*Individual Results May Vary

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