Photodynamic therapy uses light energy technology to destroy damaged skin cells. Texas Dermatology offers photodynamic therapy (PDT) for residents of San Antonio, Boerne, New Braunfels, Kenedy, and surrounding areas of Texas.
What is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?
Also known as photorejuvenation, photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a technique that destroys damaged or cancerous skin cells. Our dermatologists most often recommend PDT for actinic keratosis and other superficial types of cancer that develop on the surface of the skin. The procedure works by introducing a medication into the skin and applying a special type of light energy to activate the medication.
How Much Does Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Cost?
The cost of our BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy is based upon the treatment plan that you develop with Dr. Browning or one of our other dermatology practitioners during the consultation. After the consultation, we obtain benefit information from your insurance provider to give you a better estimate of your treatment cost, as well as provide you with possible financing options that may be available through CareCredit®.
What Are the Benefits of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?
There are many benefits to choosing photodynamic therapy (PDT), including:
- Non-surgical outpatient procedure
- Less invasive and does not cause scars
- May be a more affordable option
- Takes little time to perform
- Minimal downtime
Am I a Candidate for Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?
During your consultation, your dermatology practitioner may recommend photorejuvenation for your actinic keratosis, skin cancer, or other skin concern. The dermatology practitioner will also explain your other treatment options so you can choose the solution that works best for you.
How is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Performed?
BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy takes less than 45 minutes in most cases. A medication is administered and activated by light energy. You will not feel any discomfort during the procedure. We may recommend additional treatments to ensure that the skin problem is successfully treated.
What is Recovery Like After Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?
Little to no downtime is needed after photodynamic therapy, but you may have some short-term symptoms, such as:
- Burning, itching or stinging
- Changes to skin color
- Swelling and inflammation
- Blistering or crusting
What is the Prognosis After Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?
BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy destroys the damaged skin cells. Your dermatology practitioner treats the area with PDT to eliminate all of the damaged cells, so the skin cancer should not reoccur. We advise our patients that actinic keratosis and other types of skin cancer most often appear in areas that are overexposed to sunlight. We recommend that you take extra precautions to protect your skin from further episodes of skin cancer.
How Do I Find Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) Doctors Near Me?
Dr. John Browning is board certified in pediatrics, dermatology and pediatric dermatology. He leads a team of expert dermatology practitioners, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who work with pediatric and adult patients of all ages in San Antonio, Boerne, New Braunfels, Kenedy, and surrounding areas of Texas. You and your family deserve exceptional care for photodynamic therapy (PDT), so contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Alamo Heights, Dominion, Mission Trail, New Braunfels and Kenedy.