Medical And Aesthetic Dermatology

Medical And Aesthetic Dermatology
Serving Columbia, MD
Call 443-231-3270

Photodynamic Therapy in Columbia, MD

Photodynamic therapy is an in-office treatment for sun-damaged skin that helps to heal precancerous lesions. It can also improve the appearance ofdark spots and fine lines and wrinkles. The benefits of this type of field therapy include a reduction in freezing and/or biopsies during your skin checks. The procedure is covered by most insurance plans (including Medicare) and we will take care of the insurance pre-approval for you.

The procedure is done in three simple steps:

  1. 1) A chemical called ALA is painted on the treatment area (most
  2. commonly scalp or face) and allowed to incubate for 1 hour
  3. 2) Blue light (417 nm wavelength) is shone onto the treatment area for
  4. approximately 17 minutes
  5. 3) Sunblock, a hat, and sunglasses are worn out of the office and for
  6. the next 48 hours

The treatment is repeated in 4-6 weeks and follow up appointment is booked for one month after the second treatment. The results are excellent and many people have long lasting remissions from their precancerous lesions and a reduction in the development of skin cancers. To book your appointment, please call us!