Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a medical treatment that involves the use of a photosensitizing agent and a specific type of light source to destroy abnormal cells. PDT is commonly used to treat precancerous growths and certain types of cancer, as well as a variety of skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, and actinic keratosis (a type of skin lesion that can develop into skin cancer).
The photosensitizing agent used in PDT is typically applied to the skin in the form of a cream or solution. After the photosensitizing agent has been absorbed by the skin, a specific type of light source (such as a laser or intense pulsed light device) is used to activate the agent and destroy the abnormal cells.
PDT is usually well-tolerated and has few side effects. Some patients may experience temporary redness, swelling, and discomfort following treatment, but these side effects typically resolve within a few days.
PDT can be an effective treatment option for a variety of skin conditions and has been shown to be particularly effective in the treatment of actinic keratosis, a common precancerous skin condition that is caused by sun exposure. It is also used to treat certain types of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
If you are considering PDT as a treatment option, it is important to consult with our team to determine if it is the right treatment for your individual needs. They will be able to assess your skin condition and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan.