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The use of PDT

Photodynamic Therapy is the application of a product called 5-Aminolevulilnic Acid (5-ALA) and its interaction within cells which the use of oxygen and light.

The 5-ALA is applied to the spot to be treated, where it undergoes a reaction in the cells.  This produces photosensitising which works within the cell. ALA causes the skin cells to become sensitive to a certain type of light and when this light is applied it makes the cells slough off and die.  After these damaged cells have been destroyed, new, healthy cells begin to form.

These damaged cells come from solar, or sun damage.  Prolonged periods of sunlight with no protection of the years can lead to uneven, blotchy skin.  If left untreated, these “sun spots” can have far more dangerous repercusions.,

There are currently many practitioners world-wide that encourage  the use of PDT and it is used as an annual preventative measure to treat and inhibit further sun damage.  Sue Verheyen and Adele Simic at Advanced Skin & Laser have been performing this treatment modality for many, many years with  great success.  This treatment MUST be only used by a trained professional.

Range of conditions for ALA treatment include –

                Non-Hyperkeratotic keratosis

                Seborrheic keratosis

                Cystic acne, acne vulgaris and generally oily skin

                Rosacea

                Hyperplasia

                Large nose pores

                Uneven skin tone

                Etc. 

Photosensitivity

After the treatment, you will be sensitive to light for a period of approx.. 24 – 48 hours.  This will be explained in your consultation.  REMEMBER  -  The more reaction you have with the treatment – we say – this is not a Side effect – this is an EFFECT and is a vital part of the treatment and is necessary for the regeneration of new, healthy skin on the treated area. If you experience greater scabbing or reaction than expected, that means that you had more sun-damage and it is being corrected.

THERE ARE NO LONG-TERM SIDE-EFFECTS REPORTED WITH THE USE OF PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY – PDT.