For years, Peraza Dermatology Group (PDG) has used photodynamic therapy (PDT), a powerful treatment where a specialized light is used to activate a medicine, Levulan® (5-aminolevulinic or ALA), for several medical and cosmetic procedures with excellent results. We are excited to introduce a new application for PDT that adds to our treatment offerings and produces great lasting results.
Previously for PDT treatments, we used an intense pulsed light (IPL) as our light source, but now we have added a specialized blue light, Blu-U®. PDT with blue light is FDA-approved for the removal of scalp and facial pre-cancerous zones and spots called actinic keratoses. Now, in addition to actinic keratosis destruction, PDT can be used to reduce the redness of rosacea and to reduce the bacteria load in the pores of our acne patients. Therefore, PDT has the unique ability to minimize pore size and reduce oil gland secretion so it can be used to decrease the burden of acne and its associated scarring. LEARN MORE ABOUT ACTINIC KERATOSES AND OTHER CONDITIONS TREATABLE WITH BLU-U®
Skin rejuvenation via tone and texture improvement represents one exciting new application for PDT. Sun-damaged skin, which contributes towards many signs of skin aging, is specifically targeted by PDT treatments. By repairing the skin through the formation of new collagen, patients obtain younger, healthier skin. Often times, great results can be achieved with only two or three sessions. In this uncomplicated treatment, the Levulan® is left on the treatment zone for one to two hours before the light source is started. Patients experience one to three days of redness and can restart their regular skin care regimen within two days. Sun exposure needs to be avoided for two days. Therefore, with less hours of sunlight in winter, now is a great time to consider your next PDT treatment.
To learn more about Blu-U® and how it works, view the Blu-U® Blue Light PDT Patient Educational Video. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 603.542.6455.