About Photodynamic Therapy
Bodian Dermatology in Great Neck, NY is pleased to offer photodynamic therapy to treat both women and men. This cutting-edge dermatology procedure targets and eradicates premalignant and malignant skin growths caused by sun damage, such as actinic keratosis and squamous cell carcinoma. Photodynamic therapy involves applying a topical cream (photosynthesizing agent) to your skin. Once the medication is absorbed, you will be exposed to a specialized red or blue LED light, which activates the medication to destroy cancer cells. Contact our office to learn more about this innovative skin cancer treatment and schedule a consultation with Dr. Adam Bodian.
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Ideal Candidates for PDT
Great candidates for PDT have lighter or fair skin coloring and have visible signs of sun damage and/or a precancerous condition, such as actinic keratosis (red, inflamed, or scaly skin legions). Dr. Bodian generally does not recommend PDT for patients who have light sensitivities or other certain medical conditions. During your consultation, Dr. Bodian will determine if this treatment is ideal for you based on your medical history.
How Photodynamic Therapy Is Done
We will perform your session in one of our private treatment rooms at our Great Neck, NY office. To begin your session, the treatment area will be cleaned and any scabs will be removed. Next, a photosynthesizing agent will be applied directly to the top layer of your skin. Once the drug has absorbed into the treatment area(s), you will be exposed to a specialized red or blue LED light, which activates the photosynthesizing medication to destroy cancer cells. You may notice a tingling or burning sensation, but a fan will be used to help keep you cool. The treatment can take anywhere from 5 – 40 minutes, depending on your specific condition.
What Shoud I Expect After PDT?
Your skin will be sensitive to sunlight following your treatment so you should avoid direct sunlight for the first 24 – 48 hours. It is important to carefully follow any aftercare instructions given by our team, including the regular application of sunscreen. During the first couple of days, you may experience some nausea, dizziness, and headaches, but these should subside. Other possible side effects include redness, swelling, or blistering on the skin. To optimize your PDT results, we recommend multiple sessions scheduled 4 – 6 weeks apart.
Healthier Skin with PDT
If you have an irritating skin condition caused by severe sun damage, Bodian Dermatology can help you obtain healthier skin with photodynamic therapy. Letting precancerous conditions grow without treatment can cause them to worsen over time so we encourage you to call our office today for a consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your best results.