Photodynamic Therapy for Acne, Etc.
For the last two years, Celibre has been using a newer treatment called Aminolevulinic Acid with Photodynamic Therapy (ALA/PDT). This treatment enhances laser and light treatments that have already been proven successful by adding a light sensitive antibiotic to treat acne, sebaceous hyperplasia and Rosacea/facial redness.
What skin conditions are treated with ALA/PDT? At Celibre, we have been using ALA/PDT for the treatment of cystic/nodular acne as well as acne vulgaris. This treatment is a safe option for those patients considering an alternative to Accutane or with those that did not respond well to Accutane or traditional non-ablative lasers.
For those patients with facial redness and Rosacea, ALA/PDT is a good option in addition to our traditional and effective medical lasers. Although there is no cure for Rosacea, lasers and/or ALA with PDT are excellent options for controlling and improving this condition. By targeted the small blood vessels that contribute to Rosacea, we can decrease redness and improve the overall skin texture.
How will I know if ALA/PDT is a good option for me? Although ALA/PDT is safe for all skin types, there are a few issues that may prevent you from using this treatment option. An evaluation by our medical team will help to determine this. ALA/PDT also involves downtime away from work, school, and other activities due to the strict sun avoidance during the first 48 hours as well as diligent sun precautions for several days thereafter.
What expectations should I have with ALA/PDT for the treatment of these skin conditions? We set the expectation that a minimum of two treatments spaced 2-6 weeks apart is usually necessary. Many require 3 or 4 treatments; very few will need beyond this. Although our medical lasers are also able to address acne, Rosacea and Sebaceous Hyperplasia, not every treatment plan will fit your condition, goals, and lifestyle. Knowing that there are additional options such as ALA/PDT has been of much value to our patients that are struggling with their particular situation. Whether it is acne, sebaceous hyperplasia, or facial redness, ALA with PDT has provided our patients with good, consistent outcomes.
The Medical Staff at Celibre are highly trained and passionate about laser and Injection treatments. They understand the importance of individualizing treatments and listening to patient concerns and goals. Our staff is more than willing to share with you all of the ways that our treatment plans may provide you with safe, natural, and appealing outcomes.
Our team would be pleased to offer a complimentary consultation to address your skin care goals. A good starting place is to gather information and view before and after photos of Celibre patients in our photo gallery.
At Celibre, we stay at the forefront of research and best practices so that we may offer the most appropriate and effective laser and injection treatment plans for our valued patients. Please give us a call to learn more about laser and injection treatments.