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Photodynamic Therapy

Rosacea is a common disorder of the facial skin that affects an estimated 14 million Americans. Rosacea can cause significant psychological, social and occupational challenges if left untreated because of its red-faced, acne-like appearance.

Treats Persistent and Resistant Acne

Photodynamic therapy (PDT), using Levulan®, treats cystic acne, older acne scars, sun damage, spots, and improves skin texture.

How it Works

PDT is a two-step process. In the first step, Dr. Christian applies Levulan® to the skin, leaving it on for approximately 60 minutes. Levulan® is a clear, painless agent that will enhance the effect of the IPL in the second step. In the second step, Dr. Christian uses Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser to activate the Levulan®. PDT kills the bacteria that trigger acne, exfoliates the skin to unclog pores, and decreases oil production in the sebaceous glands. This can produce long-lasting improvement. PDT is a very safe alternative to Accutane treatment and can even work in patients who have failed Accutane.

What to Expect

PDT causes marked sun sensitivity, so it is important to wear a hat whenever you are outside for a week following treatment and to use medical grade sunscreen every day. Redness and peeling can be expected to last for 3 to 7 days after each treatment. Optimal results are usually seen after 2 to 3 treatments, performed at one-month intervals, however, some patients may need more.

Patient Instructions

Use cold packs or wet washcloths as needed for comfort.