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Photodynamic Therapy

WellMedica uses photodynamic therapy for a number of cosmetic and medical treatments, such as acne and sun damage at our practice in Reston, VA. Read more below!

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) - Laser Treatment

At WellMedica Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine we provide Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) as laser treatment. Photodynamic Therapy Laser Treatment is also a solution to other skin conditions, some of these conditions are discussed below. Photodynamic Therapy also known as ALA (PDT) , is a treatment performed with a typical photo-sensitizing agent called Levulan ( 5- aminolevulinic acid or ALA) that is applied to your skin and then activated with the correct wavelength of light.
  • PDT is a great option for people that have acne

    In blend with taking antibiotics or prescription drugs, that treat the complete body instead of just your skin. Photodynamic therapy for acne is most effective when 3 to 5 treatments are received. At WellMedica we space each treatment around 3 to 5 weeks aside. We also suggest PDT as a blend therapy for acne, indicating it is most effective when found in conjunction with other treatments and the right skincare program.
  • It can also be used in people with certain types of cancer

    To help them live longer and improve their quality of life. Although PDT works and causes few long-term problems, it’s not widely used to treat cancer today. Still, it is offered in some treatment centers, (click here to find more about the PDT and its use in cancer) and is being studied in many clinical trials. Over the past few years Photodynamic Therapy is becoming more widely recognized as a valuable treatment option for localized cancers (cancers that have not spread far from where they started).

    It is also used to treat pre-cancers of the skin, and is being tested against pre-cancers in the mouth and other places. At WellMedica (Reston, VA), Dr. Dima Ali can help you understand any complications(if any exist in your case).

    Photodynamic Therapy is also being tested for other cancers that can be reached with a light, such as malignant pleural mesothelioma and mycosis fungoides, a type of skin lymphoma. Some doctors may use PDT for these and other conditions, even though those uses are not approved by the FDA.

Before & After

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) - Laser Treatment

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After Photodynamic Therapy Laser Treatments

The overall texture of the skin is improved so you are left with no fine line wrinkles. But Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for wrinkles is just one the many solutions of PDT, as it also helps post-inflammatory erythema and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (the red and brown marks that stick around after active acne lesions disappear).
Keep the treated area away from sunlight and bright lights for 48 hours. Exposure to the sun within this time period can lead to severe blistering in the areas that were treated.

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