Photodynamic Therapy in Midland, TX
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What Is Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a special light-based treatment performed with the help of drugs called photosensitizers that are applied to the skin. These photosensitizers interact with a specific wavelength of light that, when activated, causes them to create a chemical reaction that destroys the affected skin cells. PDT can be used to treat individuals with a wide range of health and skin conditions in Midland, TX, including actinic keratosis and skin cancer. They can also help treat sun damage, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles. Contact Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center to learn more about how photodynamic therapy is used and whether or not it's an appropriate solution for you.
How Does Photodynamic Therapy Work?
Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center offers PDT as an outpatient procedure at our Midland, TX office. After cleansing your skin, we will apply a topical solution to the treatment area where it will need to absorb into the skin for at least an hour to fully penetrate. Once your skin is ready, it will be exposed to a special light for roughly 15 minutes, during which time the irregular cells will be destroyed. You may feel a stinging sensation during the treatment, and your skin will be sensitive for up to two days afterward. It's important to avoid overexposure to the sun during that time to prevent any further damage. Additional PDT may be recommended to get better results.
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Photodynamic Treatments for Healthier Skin
Photodynamic therapy is an innovative and exciting treatment, as it is capable of addressing a wide range of conditions, from relatively minor issues, like acne, to more serious concerns, like cancer. Thanks to the advanced technology at our facility, Basin Dermatology & Cosmetic Center is able to offer this noninvasive skin treatment for patients in Midland, TX. Connect with our office to learn more about light-based skin treatments or to schedule your consultation with our dermatologists.
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Photodynamic Therapy FAQs
What conditions can photodynamic therapy treat?
Photodynamic therapy is used to treat a variety of medical conditions, including certain types of cancer (such as skin cancer, lung cancer, and esophageal cancer), precancerous lesions, skin conditions (such as acne, actinic keratosis, and psoriasis), and certain infections (such as fungal infections or antibiotic-resistant bacteria).
Is photodynamic therapy painful?
Photodynamic therapy is generally well-tolerated, but patients may experience some discomfort during the procedure, such as a tingling or burning sensation at the treatment site. Local anesthesia or pain medication may be used to minimize discomfort. After the procedure, patients may experience redness, swelling, or peeling of the skin, which typically resolves within a few days to weeks.
How long does photodynamic therapy take?
The duration of photodynamic therapy depends on factors such as the size and location of the treatment area and the specific condition being treated. The procedure itself may take anywhere from a few minutes to several hours, including the time needed for the photosensitizer to be absorbed and the light exposure session. Multiple treatment sessions may be required for optimal results.