Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment we offer in the office that targets actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous skin lesions). It is an optimal treatment for actinic keratoses because it is a non-invasive method to treat an entire anatomic area at once (field treatment) instead of targeting individual lesions with liquid nitrogen. PDT has a much shorter treatment duration and recovery period compared to topical therapies for actinic keratoses. It may also result in improved cosmetic appearance of the skin and fewer sun spots. The goal of photodynamic therapy is to eliminate as many pre-cancerous lesions as possible so they do not evolve into skin cancer.
Generally, PDT is well-tolerated and involves minimal downtime from work – on average you can usually expect a period of 1 week or less before skin appears normal/near normal. The majority of insurance plans cover PDT treatment, including Medicare. For more information, please reference our patient handout, minor consent form, or call our office to schedule a consultation: 360-254-5267: