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Photodynamic Therapy

Cape Dermatology - Skin Concerns
Cape Dermatology - Skin tanning

Discover Photodynamic Therapy

PDT is a medical treatment for severe actinic damage and pre-cancerous lesions, such as actinic keratosis. An ALA cream (Aminolevulinic acid) is applied to the skin which is activated by an LED light that selectively destroys cancerous cells. A consultation is advised prior to the procedure.

It can also be used for sun damage and rejuvenates skin texture and appearance.

What Can I Expect?

  • After the treatment, one must avoid sunlight and other intense light sources completely for 48 hours. The majority of people will have mild redness and minimal discomfort but about 5% will experience a “sunburn” like reaction in which they are uncomfortable for 24 hours and the skin looks red and peels for 2-3 days.