TEMPE PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY (PDT) SPECIALISTS

The best starting place for anyone with acne or sun damaged skin is the incredibly effective Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in Tempe at NEOS Med Spa. Explore the latest in medical advancement for effectively treating acne vulgaris, acne rosacea, sun damage and pre-cancerous lesions (actinic keratosis). This treatment is truly a revolution for all those who have struggled with this condition and been frustrated by ineffective topical solutions or harsh prescriptions. Over time your skin will recover and your smooth, clear complexion will be restored and your confidence returned. Our experienced specialists will help you decide the best customized solution for your skin type.

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Get the best Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) results in Tempe at NEOS Med Spa

At NEOS Med Spa, we have some of the most experienced medical spa practitioners in Arizona. Experienced practitioners deliver the best Photodynamic Therapy results with this safe and proven medical treatment that will give you incredible relief from the terrible burden of acne, as well as reduce sun spots, even skin tone and texture, reduce pore size and fine lines, and increase collagen stimulation. PDT is a two-step process in which the photosensitizing agent, Aminolevulinic, is applied to the skin and allowed to incubate for one hour or longer followed by a photoactivation from one of our light sources. The light penetrates the skin, selectively killing abnormal, sun damaged skin cells and the underlying bacteria that causes acne. Along with killing bacteria it also shrinks oil producing sebaceous glands and pores. PDT is a safe and effective alternative to Accutane and antibiotic therapy for acne. In addition to treating many conditions, PDT will also reduce the appearance of acne scars from increased collagen. This revolutionary treatment produces remarkable results, but does require a short recovery time.

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What to expect from a Photodynamic Therapy Treatment

BEFORE

Our specialists will meet with you to assess your particular condition and design a treatment schedule that meets your needs and desired results. You should schedule around 1 hour to check in and receive your treatment in our comfortable spa facility.

DURING

There is no discomfort associated with this treatment. You may experience a gentle warming sensation

AFTER

There is no downtime and you can return to your normal routine immediately after treatment. After the initial round to treatments your skin will be remarkably improved and you should schedule a follow up treatment on an ongoing basis to ensure that the condition does not recur. The procedure should be repeated at least 4 times and spaced 2 weeks apart. Treatment of acne scars using this or any other skin laser may be repeated as many times as it takes to achieve the desired results but noticeable fading of scars will be apparent after 2-4 treatments. These treatments should be spaced 4 weeks apart.

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How does Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) work?

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a special procedure performed with a topical photo sensitizer called Levulan or Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA), a special light and molecular oxygen to selectively kill abnormal cells. ALA is a natural substance found throughout your body, as it is a precursor for hemoglobin synthesis. When localized in the target tissue, the ALA is activated by light to produce oxygen intermediates that destroy target tissue cells. The easy access of skin to light-based therapy has led physicians to apply PDT to skin disorders.

What are the advantages of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?

ACTINIC KERATOSIS
Patients with pre-cancerous lesions benefit from PDT because, unlike liquid nitrogen, 5-FU or Aldara, it is virtually painless, the side effects are minimal, there is a quick recovery time, and few procedures are necessary. In addition, there is reduced scarring and improved cosmetic outcome compared with other procedure modalities. PDT treats the whole area rather than just spot treating acne lesions, resulting in clearance of subclinical lesions and prolonged remission. The benefits are both medical and cosmetic.
ACNE
With short incubation, PDT can be painless. It kills the acne bacteria as well as reducing sebaceous glands, the two things that cause acne. PDT restores the skin integrity to a large degree, causing improvement of not only acne but also acne scarring.
PHOTO REJUVENATION
Photo rejuvenation can reduce the number of Photofacial procedures needed. You can take away precancerous cells, something that you cannot do with traditional Photofacials. You can reduce sebaceous hyperplasia, minimize pore size, fine lines and improve texture irregularities. It can also reduce pigmentation from sun damage and has been effective in the treatment of rosacea.

What are the common side effects from Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?

Depending on how mild or aggressive your procedure is, you may experience redness, swelling and peeling for up to 3 to 7 days. Darker pigment areas may become darker during this time, but peel off during the peeling process. Bruising is uncommon, although the risk increases if you take aspirin products or blood thinners. Bruises are temporary and resolve in 1 to 2 weeks. Peeling and/or superficial crusting is an anticipated side effect of a PDT procedure, and it generally occurs between days 3 to 6. Skin wounds such as superficial blisters and scabs can occur and normally heal within 2 to 14 days. Use of antibiotic ointment on a regular basis usually results in uneventful healing. On rare occasions, there is a possibility of hypo (lack of) pigmentation.

How many Photodynamic Therapy Treatments will I need to achieve results?

A less aggressive procedure will require 2 to 4 procedures while a more aggressive procedure will usually only require 1 to 2 procedures. Procedures are usually scheduled 3 to 5 weeks apart.

Is Photodynamic Therapy right for my skin?

If you are experiencing diffuse actinic keratosis, moderate to severe rosacea, moderate to severe sun damage, textural irregularities and/or acne, then you are a good candidates for Photodynamic Therapy.

What light sources are available for Photodynamic Therapy?

PDT WITH IPL
This light source is used for photo-rejuvenation by treating skin damage such as sun and age spots. Adding Levulan to your Photofacial or PhotoBody procedures produces greater results with fewer IPL sessions.
PDT WITH BLU-U LIGHT
An extremely effective and viable procedure for actinic keratosis, acne rosacea and acne vulgaris, this procedure reduces the activity of sebaceous glands, increases the protoporphyrin destruction of bacteria and reduces pore size.
For best results a series of three procedures over a six to twelve week period is recommended for therapies above.

What do I do before a PDT Treatment?

Three weeks prior to your PDT procedure avoid the sun and tanning bed exposure to the area to be treated.
If you have previously suffer from facial cold sores, there is a risk of recurrence. Ask us about medications that may minimize a recurrence.
We do not perform this procedure on pregnant women.
If taking Accutane orally, you must stop taking it one year prior to any procedures.
Do not use any AHA’s, Retin A or Renova in the procedure area for one week prior to procedure(s).
If you are taking aspirin or blood thinners, you may experience some bruising that can take up to two weeks to resolve.
Patients with pacemakers or internal defibrillators should not have this procedure.

What will the downtime be after a Photodynamic Therapy Treatment?

Most patients will experience 3 to 7 days of recovery time depending on how aggressive their procedure was.

What do I do after a PDT Treatment?

It is important to follow our In-House Physician’s instructions for your skin care regimen.
Avoid sun exposure or tanning lights for two days after your procedure. Avoid any prolonged sun exposure for two weeks following your procedure. Always use as SPF 30 or higher sunscreen whenever you are outside.
If there is any blistering or breakage of the skin after the procedure call NEOS Med Spa.
You should use the antibiotic recommended by our In-House Physician.
Keep the treated area moist at all times for one week following your procedure.
Do not pick at or scrub the area as this may cause scarring. Peeling or flaking should be allowed to come off naturally.