Aesthetic Med Clinic – Gold Coast

Aesthetic Med

Oxenford - (07) 5580 0493

Aesthetic Med Clinic

Quattro Lux PDT by dr Ahmed

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) offered at Aesthetic Med Clinic is a minimally invasive procedure involving the application of a photosensitising agent, aminolevulinic acid (ALA), to the skin’s surface. This agent is then activated by a specialized red wavelength light, which poses no adverse effects unlike other light wavelengths such as x-ray or ultraviolet radiation. PDT finds versatile applications in treating various conditions:

For skin cancers, PDT offers a nonsurgical option, where Metvix (MLA) is applied to the cancerous area and exposed to red light, necessitating two subsequent treatments spaced two weeks apart.

In acne treatment, ALA creams are applied and activated by red light, with three treatments spaced one month apart.

For Actinic Cheilitis, a condition affecting sun-damaged lips, PDT proves effective by applying ALA cream and activating it with red light, potentially requiring repeat treatments depending on the response.

Sunspots can be effectively treated with PDT, applying ALA/MLA cream followed by red light exposure, with possible inflammation resolving within a week.

PDT is safe for all skin types and body areas, with exceptions including pregnant or breastfeeding individuals, those with extreme photosensitivity or recent Roaccutane use, and those prone to keloid scarring.

Treatment frequency varies depending on the condition, with acne typically requiring three treatments spaced three to four weeks apart, followed by maintenance treatments every three months.

Post-treatment, patients may experience sun sensitivity for about 48 hours, with potential side effects including temporary redness, swelling, and peeling, akin to minor sunburn.

Unlike treatments like Roaccutane, PDT offers remarkable results with minor, temporary discomfort and no enduring side effects, making it a preferred option for various skin conditions at Aesthetic Med Clinic.