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ACCENT PRIME BEFORE & AFTER

PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY

HELPS ADDRESS:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Wrinkles
  • Enlarged sebaceous glands
  • Psoriasis
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Some forms of mouth, lung, and esophageal cancer
  • Warts
  • Macular degeneration
  • Bowen’s disease (early form of skin cancer)
PRICE RANGE: $100-$4,000 depending on location, practitioner experience, treatment area, and tools used
AVERAGE DOWNTIME: All forms of photodynamic therapy result in chemical sensitivity to light for the first 48-72 hours. All forms of natural light should be avoided, and the use of a minimum SPF30 sunscreen is recommended even if staying indoors. In general, a burning or stinging at the site of the PDT treatment is common for 24-48 hours, with redness and/or swelling lasting up to a week. Scaling and peeling of the skin is common for 4-6 weeks as the damaged skin is replaced by new tissue. The degree of the post-PDT treatment effects and downtime will vary based on the photosensitizer and light source used in the photodynamic therapy.

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PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY TREATMENT AT A GLANCE

WHAT IT DOES: Photodynamic therapy is a non-invasive treatment utilizing a photosensitizing agent and a light source to selectively destroy abnormal cells via oxidative damage. First, a photosensitizing liquid, cream, or intravenous drug is applied or administered. An incubation period of minutes or days allows the photosensitive molecules to be absorbed by the target tissues. Finally, the target areas are exposed to a light source emitting a specific wavelength of light, which activates the photosensitizing medication, creating oxygen radicals that destroy the problematic tissue.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Photodynamic therapy is quite broad in the ways it can be administered. The photosensitizing chemical may be different, and red light or laser may be used in lieu of blue light. These treatment options account for the many different names used for photodynamic therapy. For example, photodynamic therapy may also go by ALA therapy, a name derived from a common topical photosensitizer, 5-aminolevulinic acid (ALA).

More recently, an alternate method of administering a PDT treatment has emerged called “daylight PDT”. In this method, the photosensitizing medicine is left on the skin for a shorter amount of time and then exposed to a source of continuous illumination (such as sunlight) for an extended period (usually around 2 hours). This approach has been shown to be as effective with less patient discomfort. However, all forms of photodynamic therapy result in extreme light sensitivity and will require a period of light avoidance.



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CHEMICAL PEELS

HELSPS ADDRESS: Acne, Acne Scars, Age Spots, Rough Texture, Discoloration, Fine Lines, Wrinkles
PRICE RANGE: $250
AVEREGE DOWNTIME: 0-2 Weeks

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TREATMENT AT A GLANCE

WHAT IT DOES: Administered by a skincare professional, chemical peel’s work by exfoliating the skin’s surface to reduce the appearance of blemishes, texture, or wrinkles.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Chemical peels come in many different strengths and acidic formulations. Some common acids in chemical peels are alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), beta hydroxy acid (BHA), and trichloroacetic acid (TCA).

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Clinically proven to be well-tolerated between chemical peels to optimize and maintain results

THE CHEMICAL PEEL EXPERIENCE

PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY FAQS


*Always consult your physician before undergoing this procedure

POST-TREATMENT SKINCARE ROUTINE

**It is recommended to incorporate an at-home skincare regimen after this procedure; always consult with your physician for individual at-home advice, before using a regimen.
**Follow all product use instructions and warnings
***If irritation occurs, discontinue use; if irritation persists, consult your physician

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