Blu-U® Blue-Light Photodynamic Therapy / Levulan® Kerastick® For Actinic Keratosis and Acne
This procedure is appropriate for the treatment of sun damage and more advanced Actinic Keratosis (AK) diagnoses. AKs often appear as rough, textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that can lead to skin cancer. Blu-U® Light combined with Levulan® is simple and safe, and is often covered by Insurance. In addition, Blu-U® Light Therapy can be very effective when combined with chemical peels to treat acne. Please discuss with our medical providers to determine if this service would be beneficial to you.
How Does Photodynamic Therapy Work?
With Levulan™ Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) sun-damaged skin, fine lines, blotchy pigmentation and rough skin patches are greatly improved. PDT even has the unique ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands.The therapy involves an application of a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan. Levulan is a substance that is naturally occurring in the body. When applied topically, it is selectively absorbed into rapidly growing photo damaged skin cells, sebaceous glands, hair follicles and actinic keratoses lesions (AKs).
Using light from either our IPL or BLU-U light sources converts the Levulan into a photosensitizing agent, and it destroys the target cells. The skin improves in both texture and tone. A much appreciated effect of PDT is the reduction of pore size since the sebaceous glands are tempered, reducing oil flow and consequently pore blockage.
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