Levulan PDT (Photo Dynamic Therapy)
MDSPA also utilizes Levulan Kerastick in conjunction with photodynamic therapy for the treatment of moderate to severe acne. Levulan PDT (Photo Dynamic Therapy) kills the bacteria that trigger acne, exfoliates the skin to unclog pores and reduces sebum (oil gland) production. This is exciting because sebaceous glands are the root cause in the formation of acne so it has a long lasting effect even on severe acne.
Levulan Kerastic is also indicated for the treatment of minimally to moderately thick actinic keratosis of the face or scalp, sun damaged skin, and potentially superficial skin cancers. Additionally it improves wrinkles, pore size , skin texture , pigmentation and rosacea.
Actinic keratoses (AKs) are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that can lead to skin cancer. Levulan PDT, a 2-part treatment, is unique because it uses a light activated drug therapy to destroy AKs.
How does Levulan PDT work?
Levulan Kerastic is a solution applied to the skin and is then absorbed where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. When the AK cells are exposed to the BLU-U Blue Light Illuminator, a reaction occurs which destroys the AK cells.
Patients treated with Levulan PDT should avoid exposure of the photosensitized lesions to sunlight or prolonged or intense light for at least 40 hours