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Photodynamic Therapy 

The most exciting acne advancement is Photodynamic Therapy.  We use a topical photosensitizer called Levulan (delta-aminolevulinic acid) to enhance the sensitivity of the sebaceous glands to pulsed light.  The protocol is fairly simple:
  1. Levulan is applied for 30 to 45 minutes
  2. Topical anesthetic cream is applied for 60 minutes.
  3. A LuxV photofacial using intense pulsed light from the StarLux System is performed taking about 20-30 minutes.
  4. Patients must stay away from bright light for 48 hours after treatment.
  5. Typically patients are usually quite red like a sunburn for 3 days which then fades  and is replaced by flaking and peeling from days 4 to 6.

Treatments are done at 2 to 4 week intervals.  Two to 4 treatments comprise an initial series.  Follow-up treatments at 6 months are recommended.

Patients with severe cystic acne should consider photodynamic therapy as an alternative to Accutane.  Similar to Accutane 50 - 60% of patients will see significant improvement without the side effect issues associated with Accutane.  Because the treatment disables many of the sebaceous glands, the improvement can last for many months.

A total acne treatment program is recommended combining both prescription and non-prescription skin care regimens.

 

We also offer medical grade microdermabrasion, light chemical peels, prescription medications when needed, and non-prescription Skinceuticals products to control oil, reduce redness, and counteract drying effects of other treatments.