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Photodynamic Therapy

in Fargo, North Dakota

Fargo Center for Dermatology is an award-winning dermatology practice that specializes in Photodynamic Therapy treatments for patients. There are many different skin conditions caused by unwanted cells or cell activity like skin cancer, actinic keratosis, inflammatory rosacea, acne, and many more. These conditions can be very difficult to control with traditional treatments, so it’s important to know your best options. At Fargo Dermatology, we offer photodynamic therapy, which is the best in laser light skin treatment.

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What is Photodynamic Therapy?

Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, uses a combination of special medication and light energy to manage areas where unwanted skin growth or cell activity is occurring. It’s a very effective treatment that has a wide range of uses, especially in skin conditions that don’t commonly react to other treatments. In cases of localized skin cancer, it has shown promise as an excellent alternative to surgical techniques.

How Does Photodynamic Therapy Work?

Photodynamic therapy requires two different steps— the first is administering a special medication called a photosensitizing agent, which can be put over the skin or within the bloodstream. This causes the treated cells to become reactive to light energy. Then, laser light is applied to the treatment area. When this happens, the photosensitizing agent reacts and damages the cells or blood vessels causing the skin condition. Sometimes, a period of time is required between administering the medication and applying the laser technology so that your body has time to absorb it and become photosensitive.

What Can Photodynamic Therapy Treat?

Photodynamic therapy can address many different skin conditions that are the result of unwanted cell activity. This method can be effective in treating:

Photodynamic Therapy Maintenance

Photodynamic therapy is usually performed in a series of treatments to best address your concern areas. During a consultation at our Fargo office, Dr. Ness can create the right treatment package for you and your skin, which can also include at-home care with our full line of physician-grade skincare products. You may also benefit from maintenance treatments with PDT, in certain cases. After your treatment session, it’s highly important that you avoid sunlight for the first two days, since your skin will be highly photosensitive. Because of this, you can expect some redness or peeling after treatment. You should avoid using your regular skincare products for the first few days, and Dr. Ness can instruct you on which products will be gentle and most beneficial to your skin after treatment.

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Some skin conditions can be extremely difficult to manage without effective options. Photodynamic therapy has shown great results with regular treatments, so it’s important to discuss your options. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ness at our Fargo office, contact us by calling or booking your appointment online.

Photodynamic Therapy FAQs

What conditions are best suited to photodynamic therapy?

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is best suited for treating certain types of skin cancer and precancerous conditions. It is also used for treating other conditions, including acne and some infections, due to its ability to target and destroy abnormal cells while sparing healthy tissue.

Is photodynamic therapy painful?

Photodynamic therapy can be painful, with patients often experiencing a burning or stinging sensation during the treatment as the photosensitizing agent is activated by light. Pain levels vary depending on the area being treated and the patient's sensitivity.

What areas can photodynamic therapy treat?

Photodynamic therapy can treat various body areas, but it is most commonly used on areas exposed to the sun, such as the face, scalp, arms, and hands. It can be applied to larger surface areas or localized regions with precancerous or cancerous lesions.

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