PhotoDynamic Therapy

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment performed with a topical medication called Levulan® that is activated with the specialized BLU-U® light. The PDT system is used to treat actinic keratoses (AKs). AKs are rough, scaly patches on the skin caused by excessive exposure to the sun. Sometimes AKs can develop into dangerous skin cancers. Estimates are that 40% of squamous cell carcinomas, the second leading cause of skin cancer deaths in the U.S., begin as AKs.

Step 1: Application of the Levulan Kerastick Topical Solution

The first step in the Levulan PDT System is the application of the Levulan Kerastick Topical Solution. . This solution is an acid that occurs naturally in your body. It makes the AKs more sensitive to light. This application prepares the AKs for step 2 in the Levulan PDT treatment. Once the Levulan Kerastick Topical Solution is applied to the AKs, you will be directed to wait the recommended time in order to allow the solution to penetrate the target cells we mentioned earlier.

Step 2: BLU-U® treatment

After your incubation period, you will receive the blue light treatment, which is the second and the final step in the treatment. The BLU-U treatment time is 16 minutes and 40 seconds.

  • Recovery begins right after treatment with BLU-U®
  • Levulan PDT treatment targets and destroys only the damaged AK cells
  • Treatment is reimbursed by Medicare and many insurance companies