Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Sarasota FL
Dermatology Associates Offers Photodynamic Therapy in Sarasota, FL
Photodynamic therapy (PDT), is a non-invasive technique that can be used to treat actinic keratosis, a pre-cancerous skin condition that can develop into squamous cell carcinoma. Residents of Sarasota, Florida, and the surrounding communities who are interested in this innovative treatment can turn to Dermatology Associates. Our team of dermatologists is proud to offer PDT and many other skin care services to help our patients enjoy healthy and beautiful skin.
Also known as “blue light treatment,” photodynamic therapy is a two-part process. In the first part, a dermatologist will apply a photosensitizing solution called Levulan® Kerastick® to the areas of skin that contain actinic keratosis. After the solution has set for 1 to 2 hours, the second part of PTD involves the use of a blue light to activate the solution. In the days following PDT, most patients experience redness or peeling, which disappears in about a week. We recommend a moisturizer and sunscreen to protect the skin as it heals from this treatment.
If photodynamic therapy is recommended, here are some tips for preparing for your appointment at our Sarasota, FL, office:
- Expect to be at the office for 1 to 3 hours to receive the entire treatment. Feel free to bring a snack and jacket so you’re comfortable.
- Let us know ahead of time about any skin medications you are currently using to determine if these should be stopped before receiving PDT. Also let us know if you have a history of cold sores.
- Do not wear makeup if your face is being treated. Bring a wide-brimmed hat to wear home to avoid sun exposure.
At Dermatology Associates, our skin care experts provide personalized care to ensure our patients fully understand their condition and treatment options. We are always happy to answer any questions and address any concerns before, during, or after receiving photodynamic therapy or any other treatment.
To learn more about photodynamic therapy and find out if this treatment is right for you, contact Dermatology Associates in Sarasota, FL, today.