Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) in Birmingham, AL
Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that uses BLU-U® light to kill precancerous lesions before they get the chance to turn into cancer. Dermatologists of Birmingham offers photodynamic therapy (PDT) for residents of Birmingham, Alabaster and surrounding areas in Alabama.
What is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is usually for people who have significant sun damage or other skin damage putting them at risk for skin cancer. PDT is used specifically to treat actinic keratoses.
Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Before Photodynamic therapy, or PDT technology, it was necessary to use cryotherapy to freeze off precancerous lesions. Cryotherapy can be a painful and arduous process if there are various, or large at-risk areas of skin to be treated. Photodynamic therapy (PDT) allows your dermatologist to treat a whole area of skin more easily than ever before.
What Can Be Treated with Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?
We use photodynamic therapy (PDT) to treat actinic keratoses that develops as the result of years of sun exposure. Because the effect of sun exposure is cumulative, it is your lifetime exposure that increases your risk. Even if you did not suntan frequently, years of just doing simple tasks outside can add up to a significant amount of sun exposure.
What to Expect from Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy uses BLU-U® light to destroy the abnormal growth of precancerous cells. The PDT appointment involves two parts. First, the nurse will apply a colorless clear gel over the treatment area. The gel is applied to the treatment area one to two hours before the BLU-U® light. It is possible that the doctor might recommend the gel to be applied the night before a PDT light treatment. The second part of a PDT treatment is the BLU-U® light application. The faster acting or precancerous cells convert the gel into a compound very sensitive to light. This allows the concentrated beams of light during the PDT to destroy the precancerous cells and leave the normal cells intact.
It is recommended to stay out of direct sunlight for at least one to two days after treatment. Post treatment area will be much more sensitive to light. After the initial period of recovery, the skin’s rough spots should be diminished, and the skin will be smoother.
How Much Does Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Cost in Birmingham?
Photodynamic therapy is an advanced treatment for actinic keratoses. As such, not all insurance carriers cover the procedure. We review your coverage after the consultation, as well as explain our payment options, which include cash, checks and major credit cards. Dermatologists of Birmingham also offers financing.
Patient experience is our utmost priority. Our photodynamic therapy, or PDT, improves patient comfort while offering exceptional outcomes for actinic keratoses treatments. To learn more, contact us today to schedule your personal consultation.
*Individual results may vary. The content on this website is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a qualified physician.