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537 Stanton Christiana Rd
Suites 107,111,207 & 209
Newark, DE 19713

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800 Delaware Ave
3rd Floor
Wilmington, DE 19801

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Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses light and a light-sensitive dye to treat cancer and other diseases. It is also being tested for the treatment of bacterial infection and skin conditions such as psoriasis. During the procedure, a photosensitized dye or drug is injected into the problem area, which is then exposed to pulses of a narrow-wavelength beam of light. The dye absorbs this light and produces an active form of oxygen that aids in the destruction of the tumor. PDT ensures high precision by targeting only the tissue in and near the treatment area.

What PDT Treats?

  • Sun Damage
  • Pre-cancerous Lesions
  • Acne
  • Brown spots

What Can I Expect?

At your consultation, our doctors will determine if you are a good candidate for PDT. This procedure may not be suitable for patients with darker skin. It is extremely important that you are not tan (including artificial tans) prior to your procedure.

The area of treatment will be thoroughly cleansed and Levulan Kerastick will be applied one hour before your procedure. No anesthesia is required, but we will ensure that you are comfortable during your treatment. IPL will then be used to activate the Levulan. You may experience stinging or burning lasting up to 24 hours after the treatment is completed. It is extremely important to avoid sunlight and other forms of bright light for at least 48 hours after treatment. Examples include exam room lights, operating room lamps, tanning bed lights, and household lights at close range. Sunscreens will not protect against photosensitivity reactions caused by visible light. Remember to wear light protective clothing, such as a broad-rimmed hat, during this time. A minimum of SPF 30 sunscreen is also required during the healing period.

You may experience redness, flaking, swelling, crusting, and itching after your treatment. This usually subsides in 1-2 weeks, but rarely may last up to 4 weeks. Moisturizer with SPF 30 sunscreen is recommended during this time. Generally, it takes 2-3 treatments approximately 1 month apart, depending on the nature of the condition and your response to PDT.

Contact us to learn more on Photodynamic Therapy »

If you are interested in learning more about our Photorejuvenation procedures, call 302-633-7550 today to schedule an appointment.


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