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PDT Therapy Santa Barbara

Photodynamic therapy, otherwise known as PTD treatment, is a type of phototherapy using light and chemicals to reverse cell death. It has been proven exceptionally effective towards fighting off bacteria and other microorganisms on the skin. This is why it is widely used to deal with acne problems and precancerous skin issues. PTD therapy is a procedure that does not involve maximum invasion or toxicity. Without the need for detailed surgical operations and prolonged recovery time, this is actually one of the most modern, advanced and to-the-point therapies you can turn to for skin problems.

Photodynamic Therapy and Acne

Acne is one of the major skin problems in our time and affects millions of people daily. Where other treatments fail, this therapy can assist you significantly. It uses a photosensitive solution applied on the skin topically, as well as the right light that promotes the elimination of bacteria from your skin. With the active contribution of Photodynamic therapy, your skin becomes softer and smoother, healthier looking and without frustrating acne breakouts.

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Photodynamic Therapy for Skin Cancer

Photodynamic therapy is mostly effective when dealing with actinic keratosis, meaning that with this treatment you can work wonders on your skin at a precancerous stage. You can also tackle with symptoms of early skin cancer, which makes PTD treatment a valuable asset in dermatology. It helps remove the dead cells from the skin and prevent their expansion on further skin surfaces. When compared to other treatments such as cryotherapy, it cleans the skin more thoroughly and the outcome is much better looking.

What Are the Benefits of PTD Therapy?

In general, Photodynamic therapy does not involve any serious side effects, and this leads to a much safer environment for the patient. Less invasive treatments do not require extensive recovery time, and this is crucial for the well being of the patient. It is important to note that PTD therapy has been proven more effective in terms of quality and thorough cleaning of the skin. This is one of the major advantages you get from combining the light with photosensitive solutions. It can be used topically and kill off any bacteria and microbes breeding on the skin. Its targeted effectiveness and its reliability, along with the minimum side effects and the limited recovery time required have made photodynamic therapy a great option in dermatology.

What to Expect during PTD Treatment

PTD treatment is methodical and requires some time and devotion on your behalf. You can schedule the therapy with our medical staff and benefit from early improvement of your skin state. As far as recovery is concerned, you need to follow the instructions of the doctor to the letter. Typically, you will be advised not to expose the skin to excessive sunlight and rest as much as you can. Your skin will gradually be restored and therefore you should do your best to allow it to grow and heal. If you do, there are no negative consequences for you to worry about and the treatment is perfectly safe.


Whether you are thinking about having an aesthetic treatment, a non-surgical procedure or have had prior surgery and are seeking to additional touch-ups, it is critical to work with a skilled plastic surgeon who specializes in facial procedures. Dr. Robert Sheffield is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon at SB Aesthetics offering aesthetic and cosmetic services to those in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, San Luis Obispo, Oxnard and Ventura, CA, and the surrounding communities.  Dr. Sheffield offers patients a customized treatment plan and is available to answer your questions. To schedule a consultation, call 805.318.3280 today.


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