Often creams and gels do not provide satisfactory results for acne and skin problems. Therefore, doctors recommend photodynamic therapy to remove stubborn acne, sun spots, precancerous skin lesions, and actinic keratosis. The procedure involves eliminating abnormal cells and minimizing skin blemishes to enhance the underneath skin radiance.
We are happy to inform that Dr. Shehla Ebrahim is now offering photodynamic therapy in Vancouver, BC. Patients looking for ways to enhance their skin health and overall appearance can book their appointment today.
The doctor will proceed with the treatment using Blu-U light. Levulan formula or Metvix is applied to the targeted regions to make the abnormal cells sensitive to the light. The targeted beam light destroys the cells without causing any scars.
PDT is extremely beneficial for those individuals suffering from sun-related skin conditions and acne. The treatment takes about 90 minutes to 3 hours. but, it may vary depending on the patient’s needs and other factors.
PDT procedure is best suited for patients with moderate to severe acne who do not wish to take Accutane and patients with pre-cancerous skin lesions who do not want the downtime of topical anti cancer creams such as Effudex.
Is it painful?
The PDT procedure is carried out under the supervision of Dr. Shehla Ebrahim, one of the most well-renowned skin care physicians in Vancouver. Therefore, patient care and comfort are never compromised here. Although you may experience a mild sensation of burning or stinging during the session, it eventually wears off with each passing second. For the first few days post-treatment, your skin may appear moderately red, and some patients also experience flaking of skin cells. It is prevalent in post-treatment scenarios, and your doctor will provide essential care tips and medications to ease the discomfort.
What to expect during PDT recovery?
- Immediately after the procedure, cover the treated region to avoid direct sun exposure.
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses as soon as you step out of the clinic.
- Avoid coming out in sunlight for the first 24 hours.
- Sunscreen won’t protect your skin from photosensitive light.
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat healthily with more fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet
Note: PDT is a treatment, not a cure. The treatment results may last longer if you take good care of your skin and strictly follow your doctor’s instructions.
We are proud to offer advanced skin care treatments for a wide array of skin diseases and skin conditions. To learn more about our services, you can book your appointment and seek immediate consultation for all skin-related problems.