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Photo Dynamic Therapy or “ALA/PDT” treatment is a new procedure that treats resistant, hard to treat active acne, and acne scars. The procedure combines Photo Genesis (IPL) or light and Levulan. Levulan is a special light activated topical photosensitizing agent made of a 20% solution of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA). ALA is a “natural” product found in all humans throughout the body. The Levulan, which is a clear painless solution, is applied to the skin and left on for 15-60 minutes. The Levulan is absorbed by active cells like acne sebaceous glands, making the targeted acne cells that are more sensitive to the light. During the procedure, the ALA is activated with the use of Photo Genesis (IPL) light which is far more effective than blue light or other light spectrums. This combined interaction of the solution and the Photo Genesis is what gives rise to the term “Photo Dynamic Therapy”.
Treatments target and destroy acne activity leaving the skin smoother, and in many cases make it possible to discontinue the use of antibiotics such Accutane. Levulan has been used extensively for the treatment of a variety of different skin conditions including actinic keratosis, sun damage, fine lines, and blotchy pigmentation are also improved because of the positive effect of Levulan and the light treatment. ALA/PDT treatments also have the ability to minimize pores and reduce oil glands, effectively treating stubborn acne vulgaris, acne rosacea.
Prior to Photo Dynamic Acne Treatment, the best available treatment option for resistant and cystic acne was Accutane. However, with Accutane there are many systemic* side effects including birth defects, liver abnormalities, mood depression, and virtually all patients get dryness and night vision changes.
Aesthetics procedures provided at LaserTouch SoHo are not limited to Photo Dynamic Acne Treatment (PDT). In order to best serve clients, LaserTouch SoHo utilizes the most advanced and safest laser technologies – Candela GentleLASE®, GentleYAG® and Cutera® Xeo – for laser hair removal, laser genesis, laser vein removal, freckle removal, sun-spot removal, cellulite reduction and skin tightening. Other services include chemical peels, VI Peel, Botox, Dysport, dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Radiesse, Restylane, and Microdermabrasion.
For more information, visit lasertouchsoho.com or call 212-219-1990 for a free consultation.
LaserTouch SoHo is a full service medical aesthetics center located at: 150 Spring Street, Floor 2, New York, NY 10012.