Cancer is scary— there’s no way around it. According to the World Health Organization, the most common form of cancer, melanoma (skin cancer) is diagnosed 132,000 times worldwide each year. Whether you or a loved one has been affected by the disease, the best way to beat cancer is to prevent it.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a form of therapy that combines light and special drugs called photosensitizing agents to kill precancerous cells and treat premalignant growths.
When the special photosensitizers are exposed to the wavelength of light, PDT produce a form of oxygen that kills nearby cells; each photosensitizer and wavelength is set very specifically to determine how far the light can travel into the body. Different areas of the body require different wavelengths.
In simple terms, this means that abnormal growths can be targeted and killed directly before they turn into something more problematic.
However, PDT is a versatile treatment. In addition to helping eliminate pre-cancerous growths, this super-powered procedure can help treat acne, rosacea, and even boost collagen production.
PDT works to treat acne, acne scars, rosacea, and other textured dermatitis by reducing the amount of oil in the skin and killing bacteria that causes breakouts and redness. The light and photosensitizer combo cause a reaction with the oxygen that attacks the damaged cells, allowing for spot treatment of problem cells without any damage to the healthy ones.
When it comes to treating photoaging and wrinkles, PDT seamlessly triggers collagen production, the combo of the laser alongside the photo-sensitive agent allows for a high-powered heat-induced injury underneath the skin that sparks regeneration. When the skin cells begin to diminish under the light frequencies, the body’s immune system initiates the healing process— leading to the creation of new skin cells and stimulated collagen production.
Whether you’re worried about treating an abnormal growth or mole that has been determined precancerous or simply looking for a proven and effective way to treat your cosmetic skin conditions, Photodynamic therapy is a great option. Schedule your appointment online today or give us a call to see how we can help treat you: (727) 545-3376.