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.
How does PDT work?
Photodynamic therapy with blue light kills the bacteria (P. Acnes) that causes acne.
How long does the treatment take?
Each photodynamic treatment in NYC takes about fifteen to thirty minutes, depending on the condition of your skin and the extent of the condition that is being treated, and 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 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?
The best benefit 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?
The doctors at Manhattan Center for Dermatology in NYC have been using photodynamic therapy for acne since it was 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.
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