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Photodynamic therapy is an effective treatment for repair of sun-damaged and ageing skin. Not only does it reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, it also aims to improve the quality and appearance of the skin. The skin is the biggest organ in our body which can become damaged and photodynamic therapy is needed following years of sun exposure. Sun-damaged skin often presents as rough, red scaly skin referred to as sunspots. This is a concern as it greatly increases the risk of developing skin cancer in future.
Photodynamic therapy is a simple non-invasive therapy, comprising the application of a cream or spray (5-ALA) to the sun-damaged areas, followed by exposure to special blue or red light.
The active ingredient (5-ALA) is selectively absorbed by sun damaged cells. When exposed to the blue or red light, the sun-damaged cells are destroyed by a chemical reaction whilst normal cells are preserved.
The cost of Photodynamic Therapy PDT is not covered under Medicare, although some private health insurance companies provide a rebate for this treatment.
1 session including product fee $440
*Out of Pocket Fees
*Metvix Product Available
Sun-damaged skin treated with 1 session of photodynamic therapy
Sun-damaged lower lip treated with one session of PDT
Sun-damaged face treated with one session of PDT
Your appointment will begin with a light microdermabrasion to remove excess scale and the superficial layer of the skin to ensure adequate penetration of products applied. Once complete, the PDT topical product is applied to the area.
Some patients report mild stinging upon application. This will subside quickly and most patients feel zero pain during the procedure with QC skin clinic PDT protocol. A clinician will check in with you at 10 minute intervals throughout the procedure to ensure your comfort is maintained.
After the appointment you will likely feel tight and can be stingy and have an appearance similar to sunburn in the treated area. This will be more apparent in areas of increased damage. This can progress to areas of scaly, red, scabbed areas, which can take 2+ weeks to heal in some instances. It is important not to pick these lesions in the coming weeks as your skin heals to avoid scaring. Due to the possibility of downtime which can be significant for some people, careful planning of your appointment away from important events/functions is advised.
Many strong cosmeceutical products and creams, chemical peel solutions and LED light exposure, can all cause severe reactions post treatment. These should be avoided until healing is complete. Please contact the clinic if you believe you are experiencing a severe reaction. This can include prolonged pain, blisters, significant redness, and scabbing. You will be reviewed by our doctor who can prescribe a cream to subside the reaction quickly.
Sun avoidance and application of bland emollients is recommended throughout your recovery to increase comfort and speed up healing.
The cost of PDT is not covered under Medicare, however in some instances private health insurance companies do provide a rebate for Photodynamic Therapy. Obtaining your receipts and sending these to your health insurance company may prove beneficial.