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Handling actinic keratosis with photodynamic therapy in our Englewood and Lone Tree (South Denver), CO practices

The development of an actinic keratosis can take years, with these scaly patches of skin forming later in life much of the time. These rough patches, which tend to appear on areas that receive the most exposure to the sun, may seem inconsequential, but because they can become cancerous lesions, treating even small keratoses is ideal.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) has been shown a viable treatment for actinic keratosis. Incorporating Levulan Photodynamic therapy into the treatment plan, we create a powerful force against these areas of concern, greatly reducing the risk of progression to squamous cell carcinoma.

Photodynamic therapy for Actinic Keratosis

The actinic keratosis treatment process, performed in our Englewood and Lone Tree, CO offices, is simple, safe, and effective. In our comfortable treatment room, Levulan topical medication is applied to actinic keratosis lesions, and left on for a designated period of time during which the solution will soak into targeted cells before photodynamic therapy. The skin should be protected during this time, kept away from bright lights and sunlight. This can be accomplished by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, carrying an umbrella, or staying indoors under dim lights as much as possible. Sunscreen is not sufficient protection for treated keratoses.

After the designated time has passed, the patient returns to our office, where the skin is gently rinsed and patted try. Photodynamic therapy is then applied, lasting only a few minutes. During treatment, we supply protective eyewear for safety. While therapy is taking place, a slight stinging sensation may occur, lasting from a few minutes to several hours following treatment.

After-care

Following photodynamic therapy with Levulan, the skin may look slightly red or puffy, and lesions may become scaly. These after-effects may last a few weeks, but will not impede normal daily routines. Moisturizer recommended by your dermatologist at AboutSkin can be used as needed.

Sun protection is an integral part of follow-up for actinic keratosis treatment. Even on cloudy days, sunscreen should be worn on all areas exposed to the sun, along with light, long-sleeved clothing.

Each of our patients receives our signature high standard of care, personalized to meet their specific needs. Contact us to address your skin concerns.

What to expect from with Levulan as an acne treatment in our Englewood practice

Every patient who suffers from acne has his or her own physical makeup, which consequently impacts our approach to treatment. Understanding the great importance of the successful elimination of acne, we have assembled various treatment options to suit every patient’s needs. Levulan is one such acne treatment used in our Englewood and Lone Tree practices with a high degree of success.

Levulan is a topical medication used in conjunction with photodynamic (light) therapy for the treatment of acne, as well as sun damage and precancerous lesions. Applied to the skin, this medication creates a higher sensitivity in oil glands to subsequent IPL treatment. Different from other popular approaches to acne care, like antibiotics, microdermabrasion, or chemical peels, Levulan with photodynamic therapy is a multifaceted procedure.

First, Levulan inhibits the bacteria that cause acne. The treatment also promotes exfoliation, which helps unclog pores, and causes overactive oil glands to shut down. Safe and effective, the results from this powerful form of acne treatment are long lasting.

What to expect following treatment:

  • Redness and mild discomfort that is dependent on skin’s sensitivity. Some patients have only mild redness that lasts a few hours, while others may have a stronger response that lasts a week or more.
  • Slight scabbing or flakiness in the treated area, which should clear within a few days to a few weeks.
  • Heightened skin sensitivity that may last up to 14 days.

Extra TLC can be provided to the treated area through:

  • Avoidance of bright light and natural sunlight for the first 48 hours following treatment. If sun exposure cannot be completely avoided, covering skin with clothing, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunscreen can prevent burning during the first few days of healing.
  • Continual daily use of sunscreen regardless of weather. Skin can be damaged even on overcast days.
  • Avoidance of exposure to excessive heat, such as a hot shower, strenuous exercise, sauna, or hot tub for the first day or two following treatment.
  • Avoidance of skin care products that may be harsh, such as hydroxy-acids or other exfoliants. Speak with our staff to determine the best skin care products to use after Levulan acne treatment.

Successfully handling acne prevents scarring, and eliminates the emotional impact that comes from mild to severe breakouts. To discover your best skin, contact us for your appointment at AboutSkin Dermatology.