Wrinkles, age spots and patches of pigmented skin can all take their toll you your appearance. Several skin rejuvenation
procedures available at medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers around the United States can slow down the aging process and even reverse some of the signs of aging.
Photodynamic therapy is one of them, an innovative procedure that was originally developed to treat acne. In addition to keeping breakouts under control, photodynamic therapy can help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles, and also treat pigment problems.
Here’s a close look at how photodynamic therapy works, and if you may be a good candidate for the procedure:
How Photodynamic Therapy Works
Photodynamic therapy uses a photosensitizing drug that is activated by a light source. This powerful therapy can be used to treat precancerous cells and certain types of cancer cells. First, the light-sensitizing drug is applied on the skin and left to absorb for a few minutes. The skin is then exposed to a light source that activates the medication. The high-powered light injures the cells and tissues, and helps to break up skin tissue and also promotes the skin healing process.
As the skin begins to heal and renew itself, it becomes stronger and more resilient. Wrinkles begin to disappear and the skin begins to appear smoother and more even toned. As the body continues to produce more collagen to heal itself, the skin appears more youthful and will become clear of acne, scars, and even wrinkles.
Are You a Good Candidate for Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic therapy offers a number of benefits for all skin types. It is capable of restoring a more youthful appearance and can help treat redness, pigmentary problems and also reduces scars. The procedure can be effective for treating actinic keratoses, mottled skin, sagging skin, hyperpigmentation and sebaceous hyperplasia.
You may be a good candidate for photodynamic therapy if you want to:
Improve the appearance of superficial acne scars
Get rid of acne
Even out blotchy pigmentation
Reduce sun damage
Eliminate or reduce fine lines
Eliminate skin flushing
Achieve a more youthful appearance
Reduce pore size
Keep oily skin under control
Some of the most common side effects of this procedure are burning and stinging which can last up to 24 hour after the treatment, redness and swelling. Some people may also experience scaling and crusting for up to a week after the treatment. In most cases, all redness and swelling of the skin is reduced or non-existent within 48 to 72 hours.
Many people also see gradual results as the skin continues to heal and renew itself. A few weeks after the procedure, the skin will appear tighter, more toned and clearer.
Learn more about photodynamic therapy in our skin rejuvenation information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for this anti-aging procedure.