Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is the proven method for skin rejuvenation and for the treatment of photodamage. It stimulates the new formation of collagen and the regeneration of the skin from within – for healthy and visibly younger and tighter skin.
The main advantage: With PDT, early forms of skin cancer that are not yet visible with hidden nuclear changes can be identified and treated.
Our face, backs of our hands, lower arms and even scalp are constantly exposed to the sun while we are outdoors. The drawbacks of heavy UV irradiation often don't become clear for many years: Collagen has been destroyed, the epidermis is thinner and thus wrinkled and rough. In the worst case, the skin already has chronic damage. Cells with pathological changes can be destroyed using PDT. In the days following the treatment, the body sheds these cells and replaces them with fresh, healthy skin cells.
First, skin flakes and areas of keratinization are removed from the skin surface to be treated so that the PDT can penetrate evenly into the skin.
To do this, we use two different methods here at Rosenpark Clinic:
Then the doctor applies the photosensitizing cream and covers it with a dressing. During the three hours the cream is allowed to work in, the active ingredients in the cream accumulate in the upper layers of the skin and especially in the altered skin cells and their nuclei: They become photosensitive. Then during the subsequent eight-to-twelve-minute exposure to a special light, these cells are selectively destroyed.
If the Solta Fraxel re:pair® laser is used, we apply a cream for local anesthesia or place the patient under brief sedation. For more information about your options for a comfortable, pain-free treatment see the anesthesia section.
Redness and swelling disappear after four to five days. After about a week, a few small scabs can still be seen. After no more than a week, the redness can be completely concealed with makeup.