What is photodynamic therapy?
Photodynamic therapy, also known as PDT, is a non-invasive procedure that has been used for years to treat
imperfections on the skin. An extremely effective and precise treatment option, photodynamic therapy is able
to target damaged skin cells, without harming the healthy surrounding tissue. At Marcus Medical Spa, we
routinely use PDT to treat:
- Superficial acne scars
- Sun damage
- Oily skin
- Large pores
- Pre-cancerous lesions
How does photodynamic therapy work?
Photodynamic therapy works by combining a photosensitizing solution called Levulan Kerastick with light
therapy. The Levulan Kerastick is first applied to the treatment area and the light then activates the
solution – allowing it to remove damaged skin cells without harming the healthy ones.
The therapy works differently depending on which skin conditions you’re treating. For example, in acne
patients, the Levulan activates the bacteria that triggers acne, exfoliates the skin to unclog pores and
decreases the activity of the oil glands. For patients with pre-cancerous lesions, the Levulan is absorbed
by the cancer cells which makes it sensitive to light. When the light energy is directed at the precancerous
lesions at the proper wavelength, the drug is activated and the cancer cells are destroyed.
Before & After
Please view our beautiful before and after gallery to see for yourself the smooth and clear results you can expect to achieve from among the best photodynamic therapy treatment Manhattan Beach has available at Marcus Medical Spa.
What to expect before, during and after the procedure
Your photodynamic therapy treatment will begin during your initial consultation, when our experienced
specialists evaluate the imperfections that concern you most and identify the optimal way to address them.
Photodynamic therapy is a highly customizable procedure, and we will take great care to ensure we’ve
developed the ideal treatment plan for you.
On the day of your actual procedure, there are three steps involved with photodynamic therapy:
Step One: Apply the Levulan (the photosensitive solution).
Step Two: Allow the Levulan to sit on the skin for 60 minutes.
Step Three: Apply a red light, blue light or intense pulsed light (IPL) to activate the solution and
target damaged skin cells.
You can expect the entire procedure to be virtually pain-free, with only a slight stinging or warming
sensation during treatment with the light source. After your procedure, you will be advised to avoid
exposure to sunlight for the first 48 hours to protect your skin and ensure an optimal result. It’s common
to experience redness and peeling in the treatment area after the procedure, though it will subside
gradually within several days.
Am I a good candidate for photodynamic therapy?
At Marcus Medical Spa, we’re committed to personalized care, and we only administer treatments if it’s
truly in the client’s best interest. As such, we determine candidacy for all of our procedures on an
individual basis, following a thorough discussion of your cosmetic goals, concerns and desires. During your
initial consultation for among the best photodynamic therapy Los Angeles has available, we will carefully
evaluate the skin imperfections that you want to address, before determining whether or not photodynamic
therapy is the ideal treatment option for you.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like to further discuss among the best photodynamic therapy Redondo Beach has available to
improve an unwanted skin condition, we encourage you to schedule a consultation today. During that meeting,
we will advise on whether or not you’re an ideal candidate for photodynamic therapy, as well as compose a
personalized treatment plan designed to address the imperfections that concern you most. You may request a
consultation online, or if you prefer, you may call the office directly and one of our seasoned staff
members will be able to assist you.
Meet Dr. Keith Marcus
The Plastic Surgeon Behind the Marcus Medical Spa
Dr. Keith Marcus, the director of the Marcus Medical Spa, is a board-certified head and neck surgeon, specializing in facial plastic surgery. Dr. Marcus is an active member of the Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Marcus feels that treating each client completely is the most important aspect of facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He personally performs many of the non-invasive procedures such as Botox and Dysport, Juvederm, CoolSculpting, and IPL Photofacials.
Dr. Marcus has made it his goal to ensure that Marcus Medical Spa delivers nothing short of premier
non-invasive treatment. As a facial plastic surgeon, he is able to ensure a new standard in the world of
medspas. While Dr. Marcus may not deliver every treatment, he stands behind them and personally ensures the
quality of the work. In this way, Dr. Marcus and his team provide each client with a higher level of
attention and care.