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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"Dr. Bodian and his excellent staff are very professional, friendly and explained everything about any procedure I've had done. The office is not only clean, but beautiful. I come to this dermatologist and spa from the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It's a quick train ride and two blocks from Great Neck Train Station. He's absolutely worth the commute!"- L.A. / Google / Feb 21, 2024
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"I go to Dr. Bodian for my yearly skin check and always have a pleasant experience. He and his nurse are both kind, down to earth, and attentive to all my needs. The office is always clean and his staff, very courteous."- P.M. / Google / Oct 26, 2023
What Are the Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic therapy at Bodian Dermatology and Medical Day Spa offers several benefits and is a versatile treatment option used in various medical fields. Here are some of the advantages of PDT:
- Noninvasive alternative to surgical removal options
- Allows for precise targeting of cancerous cells
- Minimizes harm to surrounding healthy tissue
- No long-lasting or long-term side effects
- Minimal downtime and scarring
- Fast and efficient treatment
- May improve the appearance of your skin
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.
Photodynamic Therapy FAQ
Is photodynamic therapy painful?
During the procedure, some patients may experience mild discomfort or a burning sensation, especially during the light activation phase. Local anesthesia or pain relief measures may be used to minimize discomfort.
Are there any side effects of photodynamic therapy?
Common side effects of photodynamic therapy may include redness, swelling, and peeling of the treated skin, which usually resolves within a few weeks. Other side effects may depend on the specific condition being treated and the location of the therapy.
How long does photodynamic therapy take?
The duration of a photodynamic therapy session at Bodian Dermatology can vary depending on the condition being treated and the area of the body involved. The procedure itself usually takes about 15 – 60 minutes, but additional time may be needed for the application and incubation of the photosensitizer.
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.