About Photodynamic Therapy
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an innovative dermatological solution that targets and destroys precancer and cancerous cells on the face and body. Dr. Thornwell Parker, a board-certified plastic surgeon and skilled skin care physician, combines the application of powerful topical solutions and exposure to blue or red photodynamic lights to reverse sun damage. The topical solution placed on the skin will be activated by the light, working together to improve the health and appearance of the skin. To learn more, contact Skin Cancer Consultants in Dallas, TX to schedule your consultation.
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Who is a Candidate for PDT?
Patients who are most likely to benefit from PDT have fair or light skin that has been damaged by the sun. PDT can treat actinic keratosis, precancerous lesions, and some forms of skin cancer. PDT is safe and effective on areas, such as the face, scalp, chest, arms, legs, and feet. You may not be right for PDT if you have sensitive skin or if you are taking medications that could cause your skin to become irritated when exposed to the sun or light therapy. During your initial consultation at Skin Cancer Consultants, Dr. Parker will review your medical history to determine if PDT is the right treatment for you.
What Happens DUring the Treatment?
Using topical medications, like Amileuz, Levulan, or Metvixia, Dr. Parker or a member of our team will apply a solution to your skin and allow it to settle for a period of time. After a period of around 1 – 3 hours, Dr. Parker or a member of his team will expose you to a photosensitizer light, most commonly, Blue-U®, Omnilux™, or Sciton BBL™. During the treatment, you may experience a warm, hot, tingling, stinging, or mild burning sensation. A fan can sometimes be used to keep you cool during treatment, but this is reserved for special circumstances, as the cool air could decrease the effectiveness of the treatment. After the procedure is complete, your skin will be cleaned and sunscreen will be applied.
What Can I expect After PDT?
Following your PDT treatment, we recommend avoiding direct sunlight for 24 – 48 hours. Some potential side effects include nausea, dizziness, and headaches, which should subside within a day or two of treatment. Patients may experience redness that resembles a sunburn for up to a week. In some cases, patients could experience mild swelling, blistering, and scabbing.
We recommend at least two treatments completed 4 – 6 weeks apart for optimal results. We may also discuss repeat treatments every 1 – 2 years to keep sun damage in check and reduce the potential for skin cancer.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- Up to $750
- Recovery Time
- 1 week
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 month
- Procedure Recovery Location
Effective Light TherapY
If your skin has been damaged by the sun, causing precancerous or cancerous skin cells, contact our Dallas, TX facility today to schedule a private consultation with Dr. Thornwell Parker. Skin Cancer Consultants can help you obtain healthier skin that looks and feels beautiful. Schedule your consultation today.