Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) an effective, non-invasive, irradiation-free light therapy to treat Actinic Keratosis (AK’s).  In principle PDT uses light and a photosensitizing gel, Ameluz.  The gel is applied to the area being treated and after an incubation time determined by the doctor, the area is treated with a specific wavelength of light to activate the gel.

This treatment will remove sun damaged pre-cancerous lesions called Actinic Keratosis (AK’s). AK’s often occur as multiple lesions on skin areas frequently exposed to the sun such as the face, scalp, neck, ears, hands and chest.

Actinic Keratosis is the most frequent pre-cancer which can potentially develop into squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer.

Treating AK’s during the early stages is a safe and effective way of reducing the risk of actinic keratosis progression to skin cancer.

Several treatment sessions may be necessary spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart to achieve optimal results.

PDT is covered by Medicare and most major insurance plans.