Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for Pre-Cancers

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses a drug, called a photosensitizer or photosensitizing agent, and a particular type of light. When photosensitizers are exposed to a specific wavelength of light, they produce a form of oxygen that kills nearby cells. PDT is used to treat sun-damaged skin and skin that already has been diagnosed to have Actinic Keratoses (pre-skin cancers).

Additional Information:

  • At SkinMD, we use a medication called Amuluz. This medication is first applied to the skin and allowed to sit on the skin for a few minutes.
  • Then, the patient will sit underneath a special light source for a period of time, usually 30-60 minutes. The light activates the medication and the medication prompts an immune response which then destroys abnormal cells on the skin.
  • After healing, Dr. Jacobson will bring you back to the office to make sure that the abnormal skin has been treated. Some patients may require multiple PDT treatment to fully-treat their pre-cancers.
  • The treatment area can appear red and you may experience some peeling for up to 7 days following treatment.
  • Mild swelling can occur around the lip or eye area.
  • If swelling occurs it is usually temporary and will subside within a day or two.
  • Sensitive skin may appear very red for the first couple of days.
  • Pigmentation spots can become temporarily darker and then will peel off, leaving the skin smooth and even-toned.
  • You will be advised to stay out of the sun and to consistently us a sun block. You will be photosensitive for several days and must protect the treated area.

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