What is it?

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an infra-red light treatment which has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and healing properties.  The specific wavelength of infra-red light is able to penetrate into the skin where it acts in a multitude of different ways.  The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory action of PDT makes it ideal for treating active acne and to calm the skin after minimally invasive treatments such as chemical peels and Fraxel® laser treatments. PDT stimulates a healing cascade in the skin which helps patients to recover more quickly from active skin treatments such as these.  PDT also has anti-aging properties.  The infra-red light stimulates a number of growth factors in the skin and induces new collagen formation.

This practice uses the OMNILUX® PDT machine, whose benefits have been documented in numerous clinical medical papers.

What conditions is it used for?

Photodynamic light therapy is used in the following conditions:

  • Treatment of active acne
  • Shortens recovery time after Fraxel laser treatments
  • Calms the skin after intense chemical peels
  • Shortens duration of bruising
  • Pre and post surgical procedures such as facelifts, wisdom teeth removal, nose jobs
  • Activates ALA treatments (intense precancerous skin lesion treatment)
  • As an anti-aging treatment

We use PDT extensively in our practice, both as an adjunct to other treatments, and as a stand-alone treatment by itself.

What does a treatment entail?

Cottonwool pads and block-out black goggles will be placed over your eyes.  The PDT light is positioned over the area to be treated and the light switched on.  This intense red light is warm and soothing and is left on for 20 minutes.

Is there pain and downtime?

There is no pain or downtime whatsoever.

When can I expect to see results?

The anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, healing, and anti-aging benefits of PDT start immediately and continue for a few days after a treatment.

How many treatments do I need and how often?

The number and frequency of treatments required is dependent on the condition being treated.  Only one treatment is needed after a Fraxel laser treatment or intense chemical peel.  Active acne requires one treatment weekly for the first month, and then one treatment monthly.  We recommend that patients with significant bruising have a treatment every 2-3 days to accelerate healing.   For anti-aging benefits, a PDT treatment every two weeks is recommended.

Your treating practitioner will be able to advise you on the best treatment regimen for your condition.

Infra –red light treatment

Anti-inflammatory properties

Anti-bacterial properties

Anti-aging properties

Stimulates healing cascade

Shortens recovery time

Shortens duration of bruising

Accelerates healing

Treatment of active acne

Activation of ALA treatment


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