Photodynamic Treatment

Dermatology & Mohs Surgery Specialists located in MONTROSE, CO

Photodynamic Treatment

Photodynamic Treatment services offered in MONTROSE, CO

If you develop acne, skin cancer, or other dermatologic conditions, see the experts at Integrated Dermatology of Montrose in Montrose, Colorado. Dermatology specialists Spencer Hamner, PA-C, Christine D. Brown, MD, and their team offer cutting-edge photodynamic treatments to correct various skin issues. Call the office to schedule an appointment, or book one online today.

What is photodynamic treatment?

Photodynamic therapy is a treatment that uses light energy to treat skin conditions, such as:

  • Acne
  • Actinic keratosis (pre-cancers)
  • Skin cancer
  • Psoriasis
  • Vitiligo 

Signs of such skin conditions include:

  • New or changing lesions
  • Pimples, whiteheads, blackheads
  • Moles
  • Skin discoloration
  • Lumps, bumps, or other raised areas
  • Bleeding, crusting, burning, or pearly lesions
  • Lesions with multiple colors
  • Moles with irregular borders

The Integrated Dermatology of Montrose team specializes in photodynamic treatment and numerous other dermatology solutions that treat skin conditions. 

How does photodynamic treatment work?

Photodynamic therapy often uses lasers or other forms of light energy to destroy harmful cells without pain, surgery, or downtime. You might take medications during treatment to complement the light’s activity within targeted cells. 

Is photodynamic therapy right for me?

To determine if photodynamic therapy is right for your skin problem, an Integrated Dermatology of Montrose provider discusses your medical history, examines your skin, and may take a small skin sample (tissue biopsy) to diagnose a specific skin lesion and screen for cancer. Your specialist tailors a treatment best suited for your unique condition and preferences. 

You might need more than one dermatology treatment, or multiple treatment sessions, to achieve optimal results. 

What should I expect during photodynamic treatment?

During photodynamic treatment at Integrated Dermatology of Montrose, you might receive medicine in pill form or intravenously via a vein in your arm. Your dermatology expert shines a specialized light into the treatment area to destroy worrisome cells while you relax in a comfortable chair. 

They let you know if you’re a candidate for multiple treatment sessions, which might take 15-90 minutes each to complete. Afterward, you can resume a typical daily routine immediately. 

What happens after photodynamic treatment?

Possible side effects of photodynamic treatment include swelling or redness at the treatment area. You might also develop temporary crusting, itching, burning, or stinging. It’s important to keep the treated areas clean and protected from the sun. 

Treated skin may take several weeks to heal fully. Don’t hesitate to call the Integrated Dermatology of Montrose office with any questions before or after your procedure. 

Call the Integrated Dermatology of Montrose office, or schedule an appointment online today to learn if photodynamic treatment is right for you.