Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) | A preventative skin cancer treatment with anti-aging benefits
Surface irregularities such as brown spots, redness, wrinkles, enlarged pores and uneven skin texture all fit under the ‘skin aging’ umbrella. But what if we looked at these concerns from a skin health standpoint rather than avoiding inevitable aging? When considered from this perspective, treating sun damage is not just a matter of vanity, but a preventative skin cancer treatment.
A non-invasive skin cancer prevention strategy available to Ottawa patients is photodynamic therapy. Beyond being a mouthful – what does a photodynamic therapy treatment entail for the skin? We explain it here.
What is photodynamic therapy?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses a topically applied photosensitizing agent that is activated by a specific wavelength of light. This process produces a form of oxygen that kills nearby cells. The particular photosensitizer and the wavelength of light that is used determines how far the light travels into the body. The recommended course of treatment will depend on the area of the body being treated and the depth of treatment required to address each individual’s needs. The beauty of this treatment is that abnormal cells are destroyed while most normal cells are spared.
In addition to destroying precancerous and cancerous lesions, PDT kills microbial cells including the bacteria responsible for acne. The treatment can be specifically designed to address blemishes, leading to a reduction in acne lesions.
PDT can help in the reversal of sun damage that has led to deep wrinkles, skin laxity and an uneven skin tone. For more advanced stages of sun damage, the PDT treatment can be combined with laser therapy or chemical peels to intensify the results.
Overall, photodynamic therapy is a minimally invasive treatment that offers significant improvements to the quality and health of the skin. The recovery and discomfort associated with laser treatments for sun damage can prevent patients from taking action. PTD is a welcome alternative, with minimal downtown – in the form of mild pinkness or redness, with dry or darkened patches of skin that slough away over a period of 7-10 days.
If you’ve been noticing the signs of aging caused by sun damage, or finding odd moles or irregular bumps arising, photodynamic therapy may be the solution to restore youth and health to your skin. Concept Medical welcomes you to book a consultation with one of our certified cosmetic physicians to see if PTD is right for you. Contact us to make an appointment today.