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5 Amazing Benefits Of Photodynamic Therapy

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Photodynamic therapy uses a combination of chemicals and light to remove targeted problem areas of tissue. The chemical used is specially formulated to be photosensitizing, which is only activated by a specific type of light, meaning the entire process is well controlled. Photodynamic therapy is so versatile that it can be used to save lives or improve the appearance of skin.

Benefits Of Photodynamic Therapy

It’s a short process

The medication is applied to the area and incubated for 30 to 60 minutes. The following are some of the commonly used chemicals for the procedure:

  • Aminolevulinic acid
  • Porfimer sodium

Afterwards, the light is applied to the area.

It helps cancer patients

The photosensitizing agent is injected into the body and absorbed by the tissue. When the photodynamic light is applied, it causes the agent to react with oxygen and destroys the problem cells. Photodynamic therapy is used in the early stages of some cancers as well as lesions (which could be a wound, ulcer, abscess, or tumor).

There are significant advantages to photodynamic therapy compared to other procedures:

  • It doesn’t involve an incision, meaning there’s less risk of infection from breaking the skin;
  • It’s less invasive so it’s not as hard on the body and requires less recovery time;
  • It’s high precision, so you can target multiple locations in one treatment;
  • It’s usually one of the most cost effective forms of treatment.

It’s effective but relatively painless

In order to treat cancer, there are a number of aggressive forms of therapy available — luckily photodynamic therapy only causes slight pain, although extended use could cause moderate pain.

The following types of cancer are particularly susceptible to treatment:

  • Skin
  • Lung
  • Esophageal
  • Mouth
  • Throat

A wonder treatment for the skin

There are a number of skin conditions that respond favourably to photodynamic therapy:

  • Rosacea
  • Sun-damage
  • Scars
  • Acne
  • Enlarged pores
  • Pigmentation

There’s a common trend with the skin issues listed above, which is uneven skin colour, texture, and general appearance. Spot treatment has drawbacks because it only targets the affected tissue, but if you could treat the entire area, you end up with an more even appearance. Photodynamic therapy has very little down time, and the body responds favourably to repeat treatments, and it can be combined with other procedures to optimize the outcome.

Photodynamic therapy is becoming increasingly common because of the many upsides when compared to the alternatives. It’s also known as blue light treatment, which you can learn more about by talking to one of our specialists.

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