Photodynamic Therapy (Blu Light)
BLU-U light is great news for us fair-skinned
“children of Europe” who’ve spent years
swimming, boating and playing in the
California sun. If you’ve tried the conventional
remedies for sun damage and were
“underwhelmed” by the results, Levulan will
be a pleasant surprise. All in all, nearly every
able-bodied person who’s outdoorsy and 40+
could do him or herself a good turn by getting a dose of BLU-U at the end of summer.
Here’s why. AK’S Are Not Your Friend. Dermatologists call them “actinic keratosis” but to the layman they are
mottled brownish pigment, rough surface patches and sallow cast we see on our arms, chest, face and hands
once our tan fades. AK’s aren’t pretty, but more importantly, they can be dangerous. They can morph into
squamous cell carcinomas that can reach down deep and spread into other tissue. The best plan is to get AK’s
off your skin. Until now that meant Topical 5 Flourouracil or freezing or abrading them one at a time--methods
that can be harsh, particularly on senior skin. Gentle, effective and FDA-approved, this procedure gets high
marks for patient satisfaction.
What to Expect.
Photodynamic BLU-LIGHT involves the
use of photochemical reactions to
photosensitizing agents, light, and
oxygen. Essentially, this is a two-step
process: First, a photo-sensitizer is
applied to the skin surface and
absorbed by the lesions. Second, a
specific wavelength of blue light is
directed toward the lesions, activating
the photo-sensitizer in the presence
Patients notice a little stinging when Levulan is first applied. Nothing big.
Light exposure takes a few minutes. Protective eyewear is used. There’s some redness/puffiness afterwards that, oddly enough, looks like a sunburn. Aftercare is important to protect the
area while it heals. Avoid chaffing. Cleanse with tepid water, no soap. Use aftercare cremes
provided. NO SUN. Long sleeves, a hat, whatever. Sunscreen won’t be enough, Getting
treated in the winter makes good sense. Patients come in for progress checks. Gradually, the
rough patches slough off and the pigment comes to the surface and dissipates. Many AK’s
clear with only one round of therapy but subsequent treatments can be needed. Levulan PDT
gives the skin a fresh start and patients the peace of mind that a crusty but harmless AK won’t
turn into something a whole lot nastier.
Advanced Acne Treatment
FDA-approved to treat acne, the Blu-U bluelight device is a short span wavelength (405 - 420
nm) high intensity light specifically designed to kill acne bacteria. It can also shrink overactive
sebaceous glands when used in combination with aminolevulinic acid. Acne treatment is very
individual and the course of treatment will depend on the severity. We also have many therapies to treat the scarring that Acne often leaves behind. Call for consultation.