Photodynamic Therapy Treatment For Acne in Philadelphia

The most evolving treatment, also the most
revolutionary of treatments available nowadays for acne, is photodynamic
therapy. I feel very strongly
about photodynamic therapy. In my opinion, it can in many instances replace
the need for oral antibiotics, that are unnecessarily given for long
periods of time. It is very, very similar in results to isotretinoin
or Accutane without the need to exposure of chemicals
that some people may be very fearful of. Photodynamic therapy works by incorporating
a medicine, a substance called levulinic acid into our oil glands. It is then activated by red light and
blue light, and that particular activation causes destruction of the oil
glands – not of all oil glands at the same time, but of a number of oil
glands. Often times it results perhaps in shrinkage
of some oil glands first before it can completely eradicate that oil gland,
but that turns off the acne. And don’t worry, we have plenty of oil glands
on our face and we really don’t need all of them. So, we apply this medicine on a cleansed face. We then let it sit on the
skin to be able to move it into the oil glands for approximately an hour or
two, sometimes longer than that sometimes less than that, it depends a
little bit on the characteristics of your skin. And then we’ll expose your
skin to the light source after that. And the light source that the
aminolevulinic acid is most receptive to is blue light. However, red light
seems to also have quite some activation power, and so often times we
combine it with red light as well. At the end of the treatment, you leave
the office covered with sunscreen and often times even a sun-protective hat
if it was performed on the face. The sun protection has to consist of either
zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. It is crucial to avoid the exposure to visible
light for 42 hours after the treatment and that is to avoid that there’s
further activation of the medicine that still remains in your oil glands. What you can expect of the
next few days, and that may already start on the day of the treatment, is
redness and swelling. By about day three, the skin will feel very,
very tight, and by about day four that tight skin
will start shedding off. There are some people who get more pronounced
reaction and may have some redness, to a certain degree, for up to ten
days in their skin. Some may
even get very pronounced swelling. That is a subset of our patients, it
certainly doesn’t effect everybody and most of the time it goes very, very
straightforward. It is oftentimes a series of four to six that
are spaced anywhere between two to four weeks apart that gives the best
possible results. And those
results can, in the majority of all patients treated, results in complete
eradication of the acne. So what’s the success rate? About 75 percent of
people who are treated with 4 to 6 treatments of photodynamic therapy will
be rid of their acne by completion of the treatment.


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