Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Sun-damaged Skin and Actinic Keratoses
The team at Braun Dermatology uses a variety of treatments to address sun damage and precancerous skin lesions. While not the only way to address these problems, we achieve excellent results by using photodynamic therapy (PDT). This treatment selectively kills damaged cells allowing a “fresh start” for your skin. At Braun Dermatology of Washington, DC, and Alexandria, Virginia, our providers can advise patients if they are candidates for photodynamic therapy and explain the benefits it can provide.
Photodynamic therapy treatments begin with the application of a “photosensitizing” agent, which is absorbed by sun damaged and precancerous cells. After allowing for a period of time (typically one to two hours) for the medication to be absorbed into the skin cells, a specialized visible light is used to “activate” the medication which selectively kills the damaged cells. At Braun Dermatology, we use either a blue light, a red light or an intense pulsed light machine.
What are the benefits of photodynamic therapy?
Significant reduction in actinic keratoses, which are precancerous lesions that appear as pink, rough spots.
Effective at treating wrinkles, lines, and textural changes. While medically it addresses precancers, it also provides a cosmetic “boost” to the skin.
Non-invasive, painless, and safe. There is a feeling of heat/stinging during the treatment and initially appears as though there is a sunburn. There is typically a week of skin recovery after treatment, during which time there is peeling and redness. There are no reports of scarring or persistent redness following PDT treatments. Sunlight must be avoided for 48 hours following treatment.
Request a visit with our team at Braun Dermatology
Whether you are located in Washington, DC, or Alexandria, VA, our team at Braun Dermatology can assist you with a wide range of treatment options in cosmetic and medical dermatology. If you are located in the area and want to speak to our providers about photodynamic therapy or any of the other treatments we offer at our facility, we welcome you to call us for a consultation visit and initial evaluation.
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Braun Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center
She is skilled in Mohs Surgery and skin procedures such as excisions, mole and cyst removals as well as cosmetic procedures that include neuromodulators, fillers, and laser procedures.
Dr. Braun is also a prestigious Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery, member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery amongst many others. She is a volunteer faculty member at George Washington University Department of Dermatology.