Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

What is PDT light therapy?

 

PDT or photodynamic light therapy refers to the combination of red light with or without application of a photosensitizing cream. It has been used extensively in the treatment of certain skin cancers, acne and photoageing. 

 

How does PDT work?

 

A photosensitizing cream is applied to the affected area. This area is then covered for a short period and then exposed to a red light source(Omnilux). The combination of the cream and the red light works at a cellular level to achieve the desired response. In the treatment of skin cancers, the photosensitizing cream in the cancer tissue is stimulated producing cytotoxic species, which attack and kill the skin cancer.

Omnilux  light therapy works with the body's own natural processes to counteract the effects of ageing. The different lights target specific cells, which are responsible for the synthesis and repair of the skins supportive structure.

Omnilux  delivers a totally natural method of light-only skin rejuvenation which uses the body's own natural processes to help counteract the effects of ageing.  

 

What are the advantages of PDT light therapy?

 

Photodynamic therapy stimulates the bodies own cellular mechanisms by photomodulation. It is not a laser or an IPL. It is a non invasive and non ablative therapy. There is no damage to the subdermal tissue. The therapy is a relaxing and calming experience. PDT therapy is compatible with existing skin rejuvenation techniques such as BotoxTM, IPLs, laser resurfacing and cosmetic surgery such as blepharoplasty and breast reduction and augmentation. It allows for treatment of large areas such as the face and chest. 

 

What are the side effects of PDT therapy?

 

The tailored treatment regimes give valuable side effects. You may experience some pain and redness during the treatment, which can be treated with cool air or analgesia. Other side effects include mild swelling, oozing and crusting. This is normal and all that is asked is that you wear sunblock during the first couple of days and avoid direct and indirect sunlight.