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