IPL PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY
(Also see: Laser
Skin Rejuvenation and )
of our laser skin rejuvenation IPL treatments can be intensified
by using photodynamic therapy (PDT) if it is determined by the doctor
that they would benefit from this treatment.
are the treatments like?
receive a topical application of ALA, or Levulan™ (aminolevulanic
acid) or glycolic acid prior to their treatment. Some patients may
experience a mild discomfort as the light energy (IPL) is administered.
If you feel the need, you can choose to have a topical anesthesia
applied prior to the procedure, or we can use our forced-air cooling
device during the procedure. Treatments are spaced at two to three
week intervals. The number of your treatments, their duration, and
treatment intervals may vary depending upon the condition being
there any pain or recovery down time?
treatment pain is nonexistent to minimal. The skin may appear flushed,
brown spots may be darker, and tiny veins may be more visible. This
will decrease over the next several hours. Some patients experience
significant peeling and redness for the first two or three days,
which can be controlled with applications of moisturizer. You may
resume normal activities immediately.
results can I expect? Are there any side effects?
each session you will experience some improvement in skin tone and
texture. There will be a decrease in overall redness. Sunspots fade;
pore size shrinks. Fine lines and wrinkles will gradually decrease
in size as the new collagen forms beneath the skin. These improvements
will continue to increase with each treatment, with no adverse side
PhotoDynamic Therapy improve rosacea?
Patients with rosacea will see a progressive reduction in redness
with every treatment. The redness and flushing caused by rosacea
can be reduced significantly.
it treat acne?
PhotoDynamic Therapy with blue light kills the P.acnes bacteria
which causes acne. Our N-Lite Laser can be administered alone or
with a topical application of ALA for this treatment. IPL therapy
pretreatment with ALA may offer additional reduction of lesions,
pustules and papules, providing treatment for both active and inactive
acne lesions. This treatment provides an attractive alternative
to patients who do not wish to treat their acne with oral antibiotics.