Skin cancer is one of the most prominent forms of cancer that Australians are...
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The skin is the biggest organ in our body which can become sun-damaged following years of sun exposure.
Sun-damaged skin often presents as rough, red scaly skin. This is a concern as it greatly increases the risk of developing skin cancer in future.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is an effective treatment for sun-damaged skin. Not only does it reduce the risk of developing skin cancer, it also aims to improve the quality and appearance of the skin.
Extensively sun-damaged Skin treated with 2 sessions of photodynamic therapy
Sun-damaged skin treated with 1 session of photodynamic therapy
Sun-damaged lower lip treated with one session of PDT
Sun-damaged skin treated with one session of PDT
It is a simple non-invasive treatment, 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 treatment takes one hour and is completely painless and safe.
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.
Downtime varies from a few days up to two weeks.
The cost of PDT is not covered under Medicare, although some private health insurance companies provide a rebate for this treatment.