Skinfresh Clinic

Photodynamic Therapy

Skinfresh Clinic is happy to annouce that we can now offer our customers Photodynamic Therapy.

What is Photodynamic Therapy?

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a treatment process that uses photosensitising (skin light sensitising) agents, light and oxygen to create a reaction within the skin that selectively destroys abnormal and damaged skin cells.

By destroying only the damaged cells, this treatment has minimal side effects and down time, healing is usually rapid and scarring has never been reported. This treatment also provides an excellent cosmetic result by increasing collagen and reducing fine wrinkles, redness and brown patches.

The History of Photodynamic Therapy

This treatment has been around for more than 30 years. Traditional treatments were reported to be very painful. With the special Allmedic™ skin repair system, this treatment is now more comfortable and the downtime is reduced.

Who can benefit from Photodynamic Therapy?

PDT provides exceptional results for sun damaged and aged skin, rosacea, acne, large pores, fine lines, pigmentation and skin discolouration. PDT is also very effective to bring new life to aged skin in areas that in the past have been hard to treat such as the décolletage (chest and neck), and hands.

How many treatments are required?

The number of PDT treatments necessary may vary. At Skinfresh Clinic we individualise your treatment programme according to your skin type and needs. A maintenance treatment may be necessary yearly.

What to expect before PDT treatment

To get the best results from PDT, your skin is prepared with special formulated products, for two weeks prior to your treatment.

Allmedic™ products are medical grade, produced to pharmaceutical standards and only contain quality ingredients. All products have been extensively researched and trialed in a clinical setting and consist of pharmaceutical grade ingredients at therapeutic concentrations. Allmedic™ is hypoallergenic and free of perfume, dyes, sodium laurel sulphate and propylene glycol. Due to the high concentration of active ingredients Allmedic™ products are only available through our medical practice.

What to expect during PDT treatment

The skin to be treated is cleansed and degreased to remove any oils and makeup. A naturally occurring lotion called 5-ALA is applied to the affected area (eg. face, arms, scalp etc).

When applied to the skin, 5-ALA is only absorbed into abnormal or damaged cells. The time this preparation is left on the skin may vary according to depth of damage. After absorption period, an LED light (blue and red light) is focused on the treated area for a period of time. When exposed to light, the abnormal skin cells are destroyed to reveal new, fresh, healthy skin cells.

What to expect after PDT treatment

Day 1-2
Your skin will be extremely sensitive to sunlight. Keep indoors as much as possible.

Day 3-5
The treated skin will be red and tender and may start to scab and flake off. This is a normal result and means the treatment has worked.

Day 6-9
The redness starts to disappear. Your skin may still feel itchy and tight but is starting to heal.

Day 10-14
The skin is healed. Healthy smooth, clear skin will be revealed

Downtime varies with the degree of treatment and the severity of the skin problem. The estimates above are a guide. Discussion with our PDT nurse specialist will give you a better idea.

“Downtime” means the period of time people don’t feel like going into the public eye

Other things you should know

After your treatment your skin will be sensitive to all forms of light including bright house lights, shopping centre lights and even light through a car window for a period of 24-48 hours.

Due to the photosensitivity and appearance of your skin, it is recommended you rest at home, in a darkened environment for at least 24-48 hours.

If you have a history of cold sores (herpes simplex) you may need to take prophylactic treatment prior to your PDT treatment.

Who should not have PDT treatment

  • People with darker skin types
  • People taking Roaccutane.

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