Levulan

The Levulan Photodynamic Therapy System is a two-part process that involves the application of Levulan to the skin followed by the Blu U or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). This procedure can be used to treat acne, actinic keratosis (AKs), sun damaged skin, oily skin, and sebaceous hyperplasia.

How does the Levulan PDT System work?

The first step is to have the Levulan applied to the area being treated. In most cases this is the face but backs, chests and necks can also be treated. This solution makes the acne or actinic keratosis sensitive to light, which prepares the skin for the second step in the process.

After leaving the Levulan on the skin for 30 to 60 minutes, the skin will then be exposed to the Blue Light or Intense Pulsed Light to activate the Levulan. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during this part of the treatment.

Following this step, the area will be washed and appropriate creams applied. It is then imperative to avoid the sun for 48 hours . Your skin will have a sunburned look for at least 2-3 days and it may also peel.

The number for treatments required will depend on the condition being treated. In most cases 3 treatments will be necessary to achieve the best results.

September 6, 2011
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