Levulan with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for the treatment of Actinic Keratoses (precancer cells) now available at the Center for Facial Cosmetic Surgery.
Dr. Ross A. Clevens now offers a combination of Levulan with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) for the treatment of Actinic Keratoses.
Have you tried tedious applications of efudex or solaraze already? Only to have your lesions turn bright red, crust and peel off, only to return again? Do you spend more time in the doctors office than you’d like, have those actinic keratoses treated with liquid nitrogen leaving your skin marked with white spots (hypopigmentation)?
Dr. Ross A. Clevens applies light-activated Aminolevulinic Acid (Levulan, the liquid agent that penetrates actinic keratoses) and then uses photodynamic therapy to activate the Levulan. Once activated, Levulan selectively destroys the precancerous cells. This results in significant improvement in the appearance of actinic keratoses.
Dr. Ross A. Clevens suggests two Levulan treatments, two weeks apart for initial treatment. Subsequent maintenance treatments are usually required. The impact on actinic keratoses is immediate and long-lasting. Levulan- PDT is will improve actinic keratoses conditions faster and more completely (with the least side effects) than any other treatment available.
What is the procedure?
Dr. Ross A. Clevens applies the Levulan topical solution to the skin and after 1 hour, Levulan will be activated with PDT (Photodynamic therapy). You will be given special goggles to wear to protect your eyes during the TReatment. During the treatment you may feel stinging, tingling, prickling, or burning of the lesions, but this should go away after the treatment.
You should stay out of the sun and bright light as much as possible for the next 48 hours. The skin will turn red and swollen in the following 3-7 days . Some crusting may be noted. There should be some discomfort, but no significant pain. After 1 week, there might be some residual redness that will subside after a few days and can be covered with make up.
Does it hurt?
Patients don’t mind the temporary discomfort and redness or the peeling because they see the improvement in their skin and in their lives very quickly.
It is extremely important that you stay out of the sun and bright light for 48 hours after your treatment! Your skin will be sensitized to the sun and you can get severely sunburned. Use a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 even when indoors. If your skin stings indoors, stay away from bright lights and windows. If your skin feels uncomfortable or if swelling develops, apply cold compresses or ice packs as needed. There should be some discomfort, but no significant pain. Take Tylenol if needed. Continue to wear sunscreens and a hat while outdoors for 2 weeks after each treatment. The skin will turn red and swollen in the following 3-7 days. Light peeling can occasionally occur. Some crusting may be noted After 1 week, there might be some residual redness that will subside after a few days and can be covered with make up. Call our office at 321-951-3223 if you experience any extreme pain or unusual circumstances.
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