Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in Palm Beach Gardens & Stuart, FL
Photodynamic therapy may be an effective treatment solution for patients struggling with acne, sun damage and other skin conditions. At Florida Dermatology Specialists, we offer a range of cosmetic dermatology services to help patients look and feel their best. We welcome patients from Palm Beach Gardens, Stuart and Port St. Lucie, FL.
What is Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment that uses a photosensitizing agent and a specific wavelength of light to target and destroy abnormal cells or structures. The process involves applying the photosensitizing agent to the area of concern and then exposing it to light, activating the agent and initiating a chemical reaction that selectively destroys the targeted cells. PDT is commonly used for treating various skin conditions, including certain types of skin cancer, acne, sun damage, and precancerous lesions.
What are the Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic therapy is a versatile treatment that offers benefits that include:
- Precise targeting of abnormal cells while sparing healthy tissue
- Non-invasive procedure without the need for surgical intervention
- Applicable to a range of skin conditions
- Minimizes scarring and promotes better cosmetic outcomes
- Can be used on both superficial and deeper skin layers
How Much Does Photodynamic Therapy Cost?
Our goal is always to provide patients with effective PDT treatments at an affordable price. However, as cosmetic treatments, these services typically aren’t covered by health insurance. This means you will be responsible for the full cost of your photodynamic therapy treatment. During your initial consultation, we will develop a personalized treatment plan and provide the exact costs associated with your treatment.
What is the Photodynamic Therapy Treatment Like?
During a photodynamic therapy session, the photosensitizing agent is applied to the skin and allowed to incubate for a few hours. This gives it time to be absorbed by the underlying skin cells. The agent is then activated using a specific light source. At Florida Dermatology Specialists, we use a blue light PDT device. The light is applied directly to the area of concern, triggering a chemical reaction in the skin. Patients may experience mild discomfort or a tingling sensation during the procedure, but anesthesia is generally not required. PDT treatments take at least 2 hours, depending on the area being treated.
Is There Any Downtime After Photodynamic Therapy?
The downtime after photodynamic therapy can vary depending on the specific treatment and the individual's response. Following the procedure, the treated area may appear red, swollen, or sensitive. Some peeling, crusting, or scabbing can also occur as the treated cells slough off. These side effects are usually temporary and subside within a week or two. It is essential that patients adhere to a strict avoidance of sun exposure and even bright indoor lights for the first 36 hours after their procedure, when the skin will be the most sensitive.
What Results Can I Expect from Photodynamic Therapy?
The results of photodynamic therapy depend on the specific condition being treated. For certain skin cancers, PDT can effectively destroy precancerous cells and promote healing with minimal scarring. In cases of cosmetic use for concerns such as acne or sun damage, PDT can reduce inflammation, improve skin texture, and minimize the appearance of blemishes. Multiple treatments may be required to achieve optimal results, and the healthcare provider will provide guidance on the expected outcomes based on the individual's condition and response to treatment. Regular follow-up appointments may be necessary to monitor progress and ensure long-term benefits.
To learn more about photodynamic therapy or schedule your consultation at Florida Dermatology Specialists, contact us today. With offices in Palm Beach Gardens and Stuart, we’re proud to serve the residents of Jupiter Farms, North Palm Beach, Lake Park and the nearby areas of Florida.