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Light therapy is among the most versatile and efficient technologies used in dermatology. Virtually any surface, including human skin, absorbs and reacts to light. However, the response is not uniform. Various components react differently to each wavelength of light, creating virtually endless treatment options. By refining and filtering the light, and utilizing various delivery systems, many different results can be achieved. Photodynamic therapy takes light-based treatments to the next level for enhanced and improved results for brown spots (age spots/sun spots/liver spots) and red blood vessels from sun damage or Rosacea.
About photodynamic therapy
It involves the application of a topical solution, called a photosensitizer, to the skin which enhances and improves the effects of light treatments with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or blue wavelength light (BLU-U™). It works by sensitizing specific elements in the skin, causing them to absorb light more readily. This technique is often used to treat brown spots (age spots/sun spots/liver spots) and red blood vessels of the face, neck and chest, as well as acne, which is especially useful for patients who don’t want to use antibiotics for their acne.
IPL photodynamic therapy
You may be familiar with IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), which is commonly used for photofacial skin rejuvenation, hair removal, pigmentation treatment, and more. It is a highly customizable treatment, and may be used to improve the results of a photofacial, treating sun damage, pigmentation, signs of aging, and more.
BLU-U photodynamic therapy
One of the latest and most innovative technologies in photofacial therapy is BLU-U photodynamic therapy. It is commonly used to treat the conditions described, above, as well as acne, helping to control current outbreaks and prevent new ones. This unique therapy effectively kills the bacteria that cause acne outbreaks. It is a great solution for teens or adults struggling with this embarrassing skin condition who don’t want to use antibiotics to control their condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the treatment painful?
Much like a standard photofacial treatment, you will likely feel a warming sensation, but it should not be especially uncomfortable. Following treatment, your skin may feel tender for a few days, similar to a mild sunburn.
Can photodynamic therapy help my acne?
Yes! This is one of the most promising new acne treatments, and it can often help when other procedures or products have failed, and is a great alternative to antibiotics.
How much downtime can I expect?
You will be able to continue most normal indoor activities immediately, and post-procedure discomfort is minimal. However, you will need to avoid exposure to natural light completely for 24 hours, because your skin will be especially sensitive to light. After 24 hours, you will be able to go outdoors, but you will need to wear a high-SPF sunscreen and protective clothing, such as a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face, or a scarf to cover your neck.
If you would like more information about these topics, or if you are ready to schedule a consultation at North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics, please call us at 425-954-2437. You can visit us at any of our five convenient locations Mill Creek, South Everett, Everett, Monroe, or Smokey Point.