Photodynamic Therapy (PTD) In Florida
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an approved procedure to treat actinic keratosis. Actinic keratosis is small skin growth with minor elevation. In most cases, this condition does not cause any harm but can be a skin cancer symptom. Skin specialists at Care Dermatology recommend having actinic keratosis examined and treated by a professional before things worsen. KPT laser treatment is an effective method to treat sun-related damages; however, PDT can also do the same.
How does the treatment work?
In the first step, a dermatologist cleanses the affected area and applies a special chemical (Aminolevulinic acid). The solution lies on your skin for one to two hours, so it may be a good idea to bring something to entertain yourself during this time. Next, your face is exposed to a special blue light for 15-20 minutes. Some patients might report a slight burning sensation, but the overall treatment is comfortable.
It is advised to apply sunscreen after the treatment and refrain from sunlight for at least 48 hours. During this time, wear protective clothing and try to stay inside if possible. Additionally, you may also feel mild pain and peeling for up to one week, but it will get better. After seven to ten days, your skin will be free from actinic keratosis.
Photodynamic Therapy is also used to treat skin cancer; thus, it is regarded as a medical procedure. Your insurance should cover a PDT in a medical context; however, they may not cover it if you are undergoing the procedure for cosmetic purposes.
To learn more about your treatment options, schedule a consultation with the experts at Care Dermatology.