PDT Treatments

What is PDT Treatment?

When you notice a change in your skin, it is important to consult with an experienced skin doctor at Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic. We specialize in the application of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for the treatment of actinic keratosis (sun damaged skin) and superficial skin cancers.


PDT uses a special solution (ALA or 5-aminolevulinic acid) and a light source (blue or red light) to treat acne, precancerous lesions and superficial non melanoma skin cancers. It is a non-invasive approach to skin regeneration and the treatment of superficial skin cancers safely and effectively. It is a remarkable therapy that is tailored to suit your skin’s needs and your cosmetic goals.

What is Photodynamic Therapy?

PDT is a medical treatment that targets sun damage, precancerous skin lesions and superficial skin cancers. It can also be considered a rejuvenation therapy because of its cosmetic skin benefits. This type of treatment is minimally invasive and because it treats sun damage and skin lesions without surgery, it results in improved skin tone and texture.

With the currently available technology, PDT is capable of penetrating 1/3 of an inch deep within the skin. Lesions and tumors that are close to the skin’s surface have a greater chance of being destroyed.

It is an efficient therapy with less treatment time and downtime than other topical skin cancer treatments, making it a safe and popular choice for the treatment of sun damage and skin lesions.

How is Skin treated with PDT?

PDT is applied in steps to allow the light treatment to penetrate the skin and create a reaction for destruction of cells and new cell growth.

  1. Preparation – to get the best results and remove all potential skin lesions your skin needs to be prepared for the procedure. A cream is applied at home for 2 weeks to remove dead skin cells and a thorough skin cleanse is performed in the clinic.
  2. Applying the sensitizing substance – We apply a special solution to the treatment area which is taken up by the sun damaged cells and cancerous skin lesions.
  3. Incubation – Depending on the size of the treatment areas, it takes anywhere from an hour to a couple of hours for your skin to absorb the solution.
  4. Activation and Illumination – The treatment area is exposed to a particular wavelength of light which activates the medication within the cells, causing them to die
  5. Recovery – After step 4, all that you need to do is rest and stay away from bright lights. The process will likely destroy any potential skin cancers or unwanted blemishes but your skin will still be sensitive to light for a few days. So please make sure to take precautions

What are the Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy?

For many people, photodynamic therapy has shown incredible results when managing superficial cancerous lesions proving as effective as surgery or radiation. Let’s look at the benefits of PDT:

  • It is a minimally invasive treatment.
  • PDT produces no side effects and takes minutes to complete once the cells absorb the photosensitizing agent.
  • PDT can be performed as an outpatient procedure allowing patients to return home the same day.
  • It is gentle and can be applied to the same treatment site on multiple occasions.
  • PDT will not harm the surrounding skin and can be performed until there is no sign of cancer or scar tissue compared to the discomfort and tissue damage caused by radiation or surgery

How PDT Can Help You

PDT can help you avoid the discomfort and long recovery times of invasive procedures. Before undergoing treatment, a thorough consult is performed by our skin cancer doctors to recommend the best treatment method for you. During your consult, you will learn more about PDT and how it can benefit your skin, and how to schedule your treatment.

For a thorough skin consultation and to get started on your treatment, call Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic on (07) 3667 8970 today.

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We recommend a consultation at the clinic with one of our highly trained specialists for an individualised skin plan to give you the radiant skin that you have been longing for