What are the advantages?
- Easier for patients than repeated topical liquid nitrogen, Efudex (5-FU), or Aldara because the side effects are minimal, rapid healing, and only 1-3 treatments are required.
- The ALA/PDT treatment at our clinic is painless versus liquid nitrogen, 5-FU, or Aldara.
- Reduced scarring and improved cosmetic outcome compared with cautery, surgery and Efudex. Liquid nitrogen can leave white spots on your skin.
- Levulan improves the whole facial area treated creating one color, texture, and tone rather than just spot treating with liquid nitrogen, cautery, and surgery.
In summary, PDT matches the Ideal Treatment
for actinic damage:
- Well tolerated (essentially painless)
- Non-invasive (no needles or surgery required)
- Excellent cosmetic outcome (particularly in cosmetic sensitive areas of the face)