Photo Dynamic Therapy | Sun Damaged Skin | Columbus Ohio Dermatologist + Dermatology + Skin Care | Columbus, OH | Dublin, OH

Photodynamic Therapy

Treats sun-damaged skin and actinic keratosis

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) using Levulan® improves skin texture and treats a variety of skin concerns, including age spots, discoloration and sun-related freckles.

Dr. Clinton also uses it to treat acne, dark circles and enlarged pores.

How it Works/What To Expect

PDT is a two-step process. In the first step, Dr. Clinton applies Levulan®, a clear, painless chemical photosensitizing agent, to the skin, leaving it on for 30 minutes to 24 hours, at her discretion.

In the second step, Dr. Clinton will use blue light or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser to activate the Levulan® for approximately 8 to 16 minutes.

Although some patients may experience redness and peeling for a few days, Dr. Clinton suggests being prepared for 1 full week of redness and peeling.

Optimal results are usually seen after 2 to 3 treatments performed at one-month intervals.

Patient Instructions

Use cold packs or wet washcloths as needed for comfort. See complete treatment instructions.