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Photodynamic Therapy

PDT Facial Rejuvenation

Photodynamic facial rejuvenation, also known as photodynamic therapy (PDT) for facial rejuvenation, is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure that combines the use of a photosensitizing agent and light therapy to rejuvenate and improve the appearance of the skin. This treatment specifically targets signs of aging, sun damage, uneven skin tone, and texture irregularities on the face. Here is a description of the photodynamic facial rejuvenation procedure:

  1. Consultation: The process begins by consulting with a dermatologist who specializing in photodynamic therapy. During this consultation, the dermatologist will assess the patient’s skin concerns, discuss overall cosmetic goals, and determine if PDT is the appropriate treatment.

  2. Cleansing and Preparation: The treatment area, typically the face, is cleansed to remove any dirt, oil, or makeup. This ensures optimal penetration of the photosensitizing agent.

  3. Application of Photosensitizing Agent: A photosensitizing agent, often a topical solution or cream containing a substance called aminolevulinic acid (ALA) or methyl aminolevulinate (MAL), is applied to the skin. The agent is left on the skin for a specific amount of time to allow it to be absorbed by the targeted cells.

  4. Activation of Photosensitizing Agent: After the incubation period, the targeted area is exposed to a specific wavelength of light, typically using a specialized light source, such as LED or laser. The light activates the photosensitizing agent, causing a reaction that generates oxygen radicals. These radicals selectively destroy damaged cells, stimulate collagen production, and improve overall skin health.

  5. Light Therapy Session: During the light therapy session, the patient may wear protective eyewear to shield their eyes from the light. The duration of the session depends on the specific protocol and the patient’s individual needs.

  6. Recovery and Post-Treatment Care: After the photodynamic facial rejuvenation session, the patient may experience temporary redness, swelling, and sensitivity in the treated area. These effects usually subside within a few days to a week. A specific set of post-treatment care instructions will be provided.  These may include avoiding sun exposure, applying soothing creams or moisturizers, and using gentle skincare products.

The number of photodynamic facial rejuvenation sessions needed varies depending on the patient’s skin condition and desired outcomes. Typically, a series of treatments spaced several weeks apart is recommended to achieve optimal results. Regular maintenance sessions may be recommended to sustain the rejuvenated appearance. It’s important to note that photodynamic facial rejuvenation should only be performed in a healthcare setting in which there is experience in this procedure. The specific details and protocols may vary based on the equipment and photosensitizing agents used. As experts in cosmetic dermatology, we invite Chapel Hill dermatology patients, as well as patients from Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Raleigh, Durham, Burlington, Cary, and surrounding cities, to self-schedule a consultation for facial rejuvenation here. Call us today, to discuss your skin concerns, cosmetic goals, and determine if photodynamic facial rejuvenation is suitable for you. Unlock your true beauty and embrace a renewed sense of confidence at Trillium Clinic Dermatology and Trillium Med Spa. Our team of experienced professionals is dedicated to helping you discover your best self. Your journey to radiant skin starts here!


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Regular skin examinations and follow-ups with a dermatologist are recommended for individuals with a history of photodynamic therapy treatments. By finding a dermatologist near me  to monitor for any changing  or new lesions, a skin cancer may be able to be identified early. Early detection and treatment is crucial to prevent skin cancers from worsening. You should schedule annual skin checks with a great dermatologist  if you are low risk, and more frequent total body skin examinations if you have had extensive sun damage from work or play. Moreover,  if you have a history of actinic keratoses or other skin cancers it is very important to find a dermatologist in your area who has availability to see you. As dermatology experts in the detection and treatment of skin cancer, we invite patients who are interested in photodynamic therapy to schedule a dermatology appointment with us today.  Chapel Hill dermatology patients, as well as patients from, Carrboro, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Mebane, Durham, Burlington, Cary, Raleigh, Holly Springs and surrounding cities, can self-schedule here or contact us by phone or text.  Our expert dermatology team  will help you find a convenient appointment. Once you arrive, a member of our dermatology team will conduct a comprehensive evaluation of your skin and discuss any findings that may benefit from PFT. Trillium Clinic Dermatology is an advanced dermatology and cosmetic surgery center dedicated to treating all patients who suffer from skin disease. 

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