Intense Pulsed Light and Photodynamic Therapy

Intense Pulsed Light and Photodynamic Therapy – Pacific Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara

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Correction of deep lines and wrinkles can require invasive blepharoplasty or face lift procedures. However, California residents often find that too much sun has done additional damage to the surface of their skin. A sad side-effect of long, sunny summers and hours at the beach can encourage the appearance of fine lines and sun spots on the face, arms, legs, and body. However, using an intense pulsed light system, we can eliminate these distracting marks with little or no discomfort to you. For more information on intense pulsed light therapy and how it can remove sun or age spots, contact our cosmetic surgery practice.

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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is a treatment performed with a topical photosensitizing agent called Levulan (5-aminolevulinic acid or ALA). Levulan is a natural product that is activated or “turned on” by a specific wavelength of light. Levulan is placed on the skin of the face, neck , chest or hands and then is activated by our IPL( Intense Pulse Light) device. These treatments improve actinic keratoses or precancerous spots caused by sun exposure. ALA/PDT is easier than the typical treatment options for actinic keratoses such as topical liquid nitrogen or Efudex (5-FU) cream. It offers an effective treatment option with minimal side effects and downtime. Levulan also offers cosmetic benefits. Sun spots, uneven pigmentation, and early wrinkles are improved with the its use. In addition, these treatments can improve the appearance of acne and some acne scars.

Follow-up treatments can be done in the future to maintain the rejuvenated appearance of the skin. For more information on photodynamic therapy and how it can remove sun or age spots, contact our cosmetic surgery practice.

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