Blue Light Therapy & PDT

What Are The Benefits of Blue Light Treatment?

Blue light treatment is a safe and effective treatment option for precancerous lesions such as actinic keratosis. It can even be helpful for preventing some forms of skin cancers. Recently, it’s even been used in some cases of acne, enlarged sebaceous glands, and rosacea.

There are two options when it comes to blue light treatment:

Blue Light Therapy

This variation of treatment is used without the photosensitizing agent, and is being researched as a treatment for less aggressive conditions such as acne and rosacea.

PDT

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment to reduce pre-cancerous skin lesions. This form of treatment consists of using a topical medication, aminolevulanic acid (ALA), and a blue light to activate the medication. This combination of the photosensitizer with the particular wavelength of light, is capable of killing precancerous skin cells.

What Is The Treatment Process?

  1. Both variations of the treatment begin by prepping the skin with a thorough cleansing.
  2. When undergoing PDT, the photosensitizing agent aminolevulinic acid, is applied and allowed to absorb for 30 minutes to an hour.
  3. Then, a blue light source is focused on the prepped area, and the area is treated for approximately 60 minutes (more or less depending on the protocol, target condition, or area being treated).
  4. After treatment, sunscreen and sun protection is required as the treatment will leave the skin more sensitive to sun damage.

What are the side effects?

There are anticipated outcomes to this treatment that will be reviewed by your treatment provider. Some include redness, stinging, pain, peeling, discomfort, and skin irritation.

What are the benefits of PDT?

• Selectively treat only the desired area of skin damage
• Easier to use and offers quicker recovery than alternatives such as cryotherapy
• Reduced scarring for treatment of actinic keratosis

 

×
Specials
Book Online

Latest Specials & Promotions

View All
Locations
×

Book appointment by

or
  • Baton Rouge

    6411 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70808 - (225) 303-9500
  • Lafayette

    1245 Camellia Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70508 - (337) 839-2773
  • Bee Cave & Lakeway

    3944 RR 620 S. Bldg. 6, Bee Cave, TX 78738 - (512) 366-8568
  • Old Metairie

    701 Metairie Road, Metairie, LA 70005 - (504) 836-2050
  • Uptown

    3434 Prytania St., New Orleans, Louisiana 70115 - (504) 897-5899
  • San Antonio Medical Center

    8122 Datapoint Drive, San Antonio, TX 78229 - (210) 616-0448
  • Poole Dermatology

    111 Veterans Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70005 - (504) 838-8225
  • SBA Dermatology

    1900 Saint James Place, Houston, TX 77056 - (713) 850-0240
  • North Austin

    12319 North Mopac Expressway, Austin, Texas 78758 - (512) 837-3376
  • Central Austin

    3705 Medical Parkway, Austin, Texas 78705 - (512) 454-3781
  • Dripping Springs

    13830 Sawyer Ranch Road, Dripping Springs, TX 78620 - (512) 829-0009
  • Pflugerville

    1601 E. Pflugerville Parkway, Pflugerville, Texas 78660 - (512) 252-3700
  • Steiner Ranch

    5145 North FM 620 Rd, Austin, Texas 78732 - (512) 266-0007
  • Daniel A. Carrasco, MD

  • Kristy Charles, MD

  • Patricia Farris, MD

  • Kimberly Finder, MD

  • Aron Gewirtzman, MD

  • Miriam L. Hanson, MD

  • Ted Lain, MD, MBA

  • Adam J. Mamelak, MD

  • Sharon Meyer, MD

  • Melanie Pickett, MD

  • Jeffrey C. Poole, MD

  • David W. Powell, MD

  • Chad Prather, MD

  • Lynn Z. Tucker, MD

  • Mamina Turegano, MD

  • Jennifer Vickers, MD