Photodynamic Therapy for Sun-Damaged Skin

Non-ablative skin rejuvenation uses laser, light and other energy-based treatments to improve the appearance of sun-damaged skin.

What you Should Know

Non-ablative skin rejuvenation uses laser energy microbeams to coagulate affected tissue through the epidermis into the dermis. The body's natural healing process creates new, healthy tissue to replace the areas of affected tissue, resulting in healthier, younger-looking skin.

Why Choose Photodynamic Therapy for Sun-damaged Skin?

Unlike laser resurfacing, chemical peels, dermabrasion and other more robust procedures, it does not remove the top layer of skin. Procedures often can be performed in less than an hour and often require little or no downtime.

What you Should Expect After the Procedure

Recovery time following the procedure is minimal. Improvement is gradual and can take several months to take full effect. In some cases, a series of treatments may be necessary.

How to Prepare for the Procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Be sure to let your doctor know if you have a history of cold sores. Patients should avoid tanning and sun exposure before the procedure.

Possible Risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Temporary darkening or lightening of the skin
  • Scarring