While occasional sun exposure can give you a tan, healthy-looking glow, prolonged exposure can badly damage your skin. One such form of sun damage, called sunspots, can be a cause of embarrassment and anxiety in those who have them. Fortunately, there’s a procedure that can eliminate these pesky sunspots from your face for good — photodynamic light therapy.
What is Photodynamic Light Therapy?
Photodynamic light therapy is a procedure that combines the use of light and photosensitizing chemicals to treat skin that has been damaged by the sun. While it is most often used to treat sunspots, it can also:
- Treat precancerous skin lesions
- Reduce pore size
- Decrease the appearance of acne scars
- Increase the overall smoothness and texture of your skin
Because this procedure uses only a photosynthesizing agent and light, it is painless and has virtually no downtime. This, in combination with its effectiveness makes it one of the most widely preferred methods of sunspot removal available on the market today.
There are many benefits to using the photodynamic process to remove sunspots and improve the overall look of your skin. Photodynamic light therapy:
- Is non-surgical and therefore has minimum downtime
- Yields consistent, effective results
- Improves skin texture and
- Reduced pore size
- Lasts for upwards of two months
When receiving photodynamic light therapy, your treatment provider will first give you a photosensitizing drug. This drug may be administered intravenously, or come in the form of a cream or liquid.
This photosensitizing drug must next incubate for a period of time that can range from a few hours to a few days. This all depends on which form of the drug you were administered.
Once the drug has incubated, the photodynamic process can begin. A light is directed at the particular area of skin being treated, activating the photosensitive drug. The drug then causes active oxygen to be produced in your skin, effectively destroying the cells responsible for the appearance of the sunspot.
It is a good idea to expect anywhere from one to three treatments in order to get the best results from this procedure. Although downtime is very short, expect some small side effects. Skin redness or irritation following the procedure is very common, but often subsides within a few days. Light sensitivity is also a possibility — if this happens to you, simply shield the area treated from direct sunlight for the next couple of days.
How do I Know if I’m a Good Candidate?
If you are interested in removing your unwanted sunspots, call Dermatology Associates to schedule a consultation. We’d be happy to give you any additional information you need, as well as evaluate if photodynamic light therapy is right for you. At Dermatology Associates, we’ll work with you to create a treatment plan that’s right for you.