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Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Phototherapy is a type of therapy that uses UV light to treat a variety of skin conditions. Several types of phototherapy exist, UVB light treatments and photodynamic therapy or PDT. The approach used by our dermatologists depends on the nature of the skin condition being treated. Contact Metropolitan Dermatology for assistance in Clark, Kearny, Teaneck, New Jersey and Staten Island New York..

PDT for Lesions, Acne or Nail Fungus

Basic UVB phototherapies work by exposing skin to ultraviolet light under the supervision of a medical professional or dermatologist. The light suppresses the immune system, which reduces the inflammation associated with a variety of skin conditions.

Photodynamic therapy works by combining the use of light as well as light-sensitive compounds. These compounds become active when exposed to light and are capable of killing certain cells and microorganisms. This can be useful in treating conditions that result from an overpopulation of microorganisms, such as fungal infections and acne.

Who is a candidate for this procedure?

Basic UVB phototherapy can be used to treat a variety of skin conditions that result in inflammation, including vitiligo, eczema and psoriasis. It may also be used to cure itching that occurs without a known cause. Photodynamic therapy can be used to treat a broad range of conditions, such as acne, nail fungus or precancerous lesions.

Although most patients can participate in phototherapy, you may not be a candidate for this procedure if you have a sunlight allergy, liver disease, certain eye conditions, a skin condition that worsens with exposure to UV light or a history of skin cancer. You must typically be able to stand upright for the duration of your session in order to participate in light therapy.

What's involved in photodynamic therapy treatments?

Phototherapy treatments are usually performed in a doctor's office. During the procedure, affected areas will be undressed and exposed to a specific type of UV light for a predetermined amount of time. The procedure may be repeated multiple times on different days to maximize effectiveness.

Depending on your condition, you may be asked to take a light-sensitizing medication before treatment. You may also be asked to apply photosensitizing cream to targeted areas. Your first therapy sessions will be brief. If your condition responds well to treatment, the length of your sessions will gradually increase over time until your physician obtains the corrective results.

What are the advantages of PDT?

Photodynamic therapy offers many advantages, some of which are detailed below:

  • No surgeries, wounds or scars
  • Causes only minimal side effects
  • Effective treatment of a variety of conditions
  • Alternative treatment for conditions that often require invasive procedures

Will I need follow-up treatments?

In most cases, photodynamic therapy is performed in multiple treatments. One treatment is rarely enough to resolve the condition in question. Depending on the nature and severity of your condition, you may need as many as 30 sessions. If the condition being treated recurs after your treatment regimen is complete, you may undergo more therapeutic sessions, or your dermatologist may opt for another type of treatment.



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Metropolitan Dermatology Locations

1075 Central Avenue
Clark, NJ 07066
732-574-1399
Clark NJ location servicing Edison, Westfield, Elizabeth, Linden, Scotch Plains, & Cranford, NJ

757 Teaneck Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
201-837-3939
Teaneck NJ location servicing Hackensack, Fort Lee, Fair Lawn, Englewood, and Bergenfield, NJ.

703 Kearny Ave.
Kearny, NJ 07032
201-998-4699
Kearny NJ location servicing Jersey City, Nutley, North Arlington, Lyndhurst, and Hoboken, NJ. *Formerly 752 Kearny

1324 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301
718-448-4488
Staten Island NY location servicing all of New York City!

3202 John F Kennedy Blvd.
Jersey City, NJ 07306
201-792-4500
Jersey City, NJ location servicing Jersey City and Newark.

114 Lakeview Avenue
South Plainfield, NJ 07080
South Plainfield, NJ location coming in early 2017

449 60th St.
West New York, NJ 07093
201-861-4226
West New York NJ location servicing Union City, Bayonne, North Bergen, Hoboken, & Secaucus NJ