PhotoDynamic Therapy – For Sun Damage, Rosacea and More

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:21

Most people think of skin rejuvenation when they think of laser and light procedures. However, as President of the American Society of Photodynamic Therapy, Dr. Nestor wants his patients to know that photodynamic therapy (PDT) provides effective treatment for clinical conditions as well.

The last issue of this newsletter discussed PDT’s use for severe pustular and cystic acne.  In addition to acne, PDT is also used to reduce sun damage and treat pre-cancers and early cancers. “Sun damage is very prevalent, especially here in South Florida,” said Dr. Nestor.  “Photodynamic therapy gives patients another option for the treatment of early cancers and pre-cancers, and it often improves their cosmetic outlook. In addition, recent studies show it reduces future skin cancers.”

Rosacea is another common skin condition that PDT and photorejuvenation can treat.  Rosacea, which almost always affects the facial skin, is characterized by redness, pimples and thickening of the skin.  Until the advent of photorejuvenation and PDT, it was primarily treated with antibiotics.  However, PDT has proven to be effective in reducing the redness and skin thickening associated with rosacea.  

While initial results may be seen as early as the first PDT session, most patients require a series of three to five sessions to see significant results. If you suffer from either of these common skin conditions, Dr. Nestor can help you determine if PDT is right for you.


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