Levulan Photodynamic Therapy for:
The science behind the treatment
Blue Light with Levulan is a type of photodynamic therapy (PDT) that consists of the topical application of Levulan (aminolevulinic acid) combined with Blue Light , a specialized blue light treatment. Levulan is a substance that occurs naturally in the body in small amounts. After it is applied and absorbed into the skin it is converted into a potent photosensitizer, protophorphyrin IX. Because Levulan absorbs into actinic keratoses and sebaceous glands it selectively targets them. The blue light then activates these protophorphyrins which leads to shrinkage of these tissues. By shrinking the sebaceous glands, acne is improved.
Information about the treatments
Some patients will improve after just 1 treatment. Several treatments (usually 2-4) are necessary to significantly clear moderate-to-severe acne and actinic keratoses. Treatments are spaced 4 weeks apart. Acne may stay clear (be in remission) for 6-12 months. Results will vary among individuals. Visits consist of application of the Levulan, waiting while the Levulan absorbs into the skin for 30-60 min. for faces, 5 hrs. or longer for other areas, then sitting under Blue Light for 8-16 min. or more per area. Except for mild stinging or burning, treatments are usually painless.
Combining Intense Pulsed Light (IPL or Photo Facial) with Blue Light and Levulan for actinic damage.You can dramatically increase your results by combining an IPL treatment with one of your Blue Light with Levulan treatments. Not only will it resolve more actinic keratoses, but your skin will also look and feel better. Many patients receive significant cosmetic improvement to their skin when IPL is added. This treatment also improves redness, brown spots and texture.
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