Skin lesions can be harmless or they can pose a severe medical concern. Either way, you may have a desire to get rid of them. Not only will your complexion improve but also you’re taking crucial steps to improve the health of your skin and body.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a medical treatment that removes blemishes and lesions from the skin. For cosmetic purposes, PDT effectively treats acne but it can also be used to treat a superficial form of skin cancer known as actinic keratoses.
The treatment is beneficial due to its minimally invasive nature. Rather than undergo surgery or experience discomfort, PDT involves only the application of a photosensitising molecule and specialised light.
PDT is performed at Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic as an outpatient procedure and takes place in steps. In order for the light therapy to adequately penetrate the skin and create a reaction, a light sensitising substance must be applied.
The substance is left to incubate within the skin which could take anywhere from minutes to days, depending on your body’s response system. Cancerous cells and scar tissue absorb the photosensitising agent which is then exposed to a particular wavelength of light that activates the medication within the cells. It’s due to the application of light that the treatment is also known as blue light therapy.
Once exposed, the cells will collapse and die. It’s also possible for the blood vessels that feed cancer cells to be eliminated through the procedure. With the technology that is currently available, PDT is capable of penetrating 1/3 of an inch deep within the skin. Lesions and tumours that are close to the skin’s surface have a greater chance of being destroyed.
What Are the Benefits of PDT?
In some patients, PDT has proven to be just as effective as surgery or radiation when eliminating superficial cancerous tumours. It’s also one of the most noninvasive cancer treatments available.
When conducted by a skilled and qualified professional, PDT will produce no side effects and only take a few moments to complete once the skin cells have absorbed the photosensitising agent. Patients at Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic simply arrive for treatment in our office and return home the same day.
PDT is also gentle enough to be applied to the same treatment site on multiple occasions. Whereas radiation may begin to irritate and decompose healthy tissues in an attempt to treat cancer, PDT will not harm surrounding skin and can be performed until there is no sign of cancer or scar tissue.
Is PDT Right for You?
Before receiving PDT, it’s important to get a skin survey that diagnoses the condition you are facing. Dr. Behan can identify actinic keratoses through a careful and precise examination of your skin and recommend the best method of treatment based on your current health status and medical history.
During your consult, you will learn more about PDT and how it can benefit your skin and life. If the treatment appears to be a viable option, you can schedule your first treatment session. To receive a skin survey and get started on your treatment, call Bayside Cosmetic Medicine Clinic on (07) 3073 9240 today.