Photodynamic blue light therapy (PDT) is a non-invasive, FDA-approved way to combat even the most difficult cases of acne. A special light-sensitive medication is applied to the skin affected by acne and allowed to remain there. To complete the procedure, a specialized light is shined on the skin and the cells that have absorbed the medication react. Blue light therapy is a special type of light that is used to treat skin conditions such as acne and rosacea.
Our certified cosmetic dermatologists perform PDT treatments from both of our offices located in Manhattan and Scarsdale, NY.
How does PDT work to fight acne?
Photodynamic therapy with blue light kills the bacteria (P. Acnes) that causes acne. It's proven to be one of the most successful acne treatments available.
How long does PDT treatment take in NYC?
Each photodynamic treatment takes about fifteen to thirty minutes, depending on the condition of your skin and the extent of the condition that is being treated. Usually a series of treatments is needed to fully treat your condition. The sessions are spaced two weeks apart to permit the optimal results of blue light photodynamic therapy to be achieved. Maintenance visits in our Scarsdale and NYC dermatology offices are frequently preferred to retain the benefits, and results are often noticeable from as little as two weeks to two months after beginning the treatments. Blue light photodynamic therapy usually produces results quicker than those achieved with using blue light alone.
What are the benefits of PDT treatments?
The best benefit of PDT is the success that this therapy plan usually produces. While the skin needs to be protected from bright light for a day or two following the procedure, side effects are very rare and typically very mild.
Why should I choose Manhattan Center for Dermatology for acne treatments with PDT?
The certified dermatologists at Manhattan Center for Dermatology in NYC have been using photodynamic therapy for acne since it was first developed. In fact, some of our doctors were involved in early studies that led to developing this approach to acne treatment. Our experience in this, coupled with our ability to use other treatment approaches such as laser, antibiotics and Accutane, makes our center the perfect place to treat your acne.
Contact us for a consultation today regarding PDT treatments for acne in NYC and Scarsdale.