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Photodynamic Acne Therapy Los Angeles

Photodynamic Acne Therapy in Beverly Hills

Prior to Photodynamic Acne Treatment, the best available treatment option for cystic acne was Accutane. However, with Accutane there are many systemic side effects including birth defects, liver abnormalities, mood depression, and virtually all patients get dryness and night vision changes. PDT Acne Treatment provides a viable alternative for all types of acne treatments.

Photodynamic Acne Treatment is done as follows: The Levulan is applied to your skin and let on for 30-60 minutes. Levulan is a clear solution and painless. Levulan is then activated with a specific wavelength of light. This takes about 10 minutes. The Levulan targets active cells. Acne sebaceous glands are active cells.

These cells preferentially absorb Levulan, and these cells are targeted by Levulan once it is activated; hence the term, photodynamic therapy. The Levulan will also target sebaceous hyperplasia (which are those small (1 -3 mm), benign bumps on your skin) and the papules of acne rosacea. Skin oiliness is decreased, and the appearance of pores is minimized. The entire skin texture improves following a Photodynamic Acne Treatment.

The “downside” of Photodynamic Treatment (PDT) is that you will be red and have some skin peeling (and crusting it you have skin cancers) for several days after the treatment. Usually, the first 1-2 days are the worst. We advise remaining indoors the day following your treatment to avoid sun exposure, as you are photosensitive for about 24 hours after PDT.

The advantages of Photodynamic Treatment (PDT) are rapid treatment of acne lesions all over face without scarring or surgical excision. The skin appears refreshed and younger following these treatments. We advise 2-3 treatments at 2-3 week intervals to obtain optimal results. There are no systemic side effects. Pregnant women should not undergo this procedure.

You can use your topical acne lotions in between Levulan treatments once redness has subsided.

Beverly Hills
9090 Burton Way Beverly Hills,
CA 90211

(310) 392-1111



Santa Monica
2221 Lincoln Blvd, Suite 100
Santa Monica, CA 90405

(310) 392-1111


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