Skin blemishes represent some of the most common reasons that people don’t feel comfortable in their skin. Everything from acne to high concentrations of excessive melanin can create problems that leave people feeling less than beautiful.
The worst part about these problems is that they have been difficult to treat using traditional methods. The best doctors could once do was to “sand” the skin down in hopes that it would heal itself, but this could create undesirable side effects, like scarring and pigmentation changes.
New therapies have made it possible to treat skin blemishes with a higher degree of accuracy and with more safety. Photodynamic therapy represents one of the most versatile treatments designed to decrease blemishes while supporting healthier skin.
How Does It Work?
Photodynamic therapy occurs in two parts; a solution is first applied to the skin, then light of a certain intensity is applied to foster an interaction between the solution and any undesirable cells. Once this reaction has occurred, the undesirable cells will be removed from the body via the lymphatic system or by simply falling off the face in the form of dead cells.
The solution has a key ingredient that is absorbed by the target cells, which may include bacteria that causes acne or skin cells containing excess melanin. Healthy cells will generally avoid this ingredient, which is what makes photodynamic therapy particularly effective.
When the light it applied, it damages these cells without harming healthy skin cells. This is why photodynamic therapy is incredibly powerful when it is used to treat mild to moderate instances of acne, sun damage or other conditions that may be troublesome for the patient to have treated using other means.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Photodynamic therapy is an incredibly versatile method of removing undesirable cells. It has been used in treatments for skin cancer, which helps to avoid the need for surgery in patients. Similar treatments have been created for less serious conditions.
The biggest advantage of photodynamic therapy is the fact that it is safe, especially when it is applied by an experienced care provider. It can reduce the instance of undesirable features without risking the creation of scars, redness and other long-term side effects that could act as further blemishes.
Is Photodynamic Therapy Right for You?
To learn more about photodynamic therapy, or to see if it is right for treating your skin blemishes, schedule a consultation at Dermatology Consultants of South Florida, with offices in Coral Springs and Sunrise. Our team can assess your unique dermatological needs before matching you with the most effective treatments. Contact us today to book your appointment.