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BLU Light Photodynamic Therapy

BLU Light Photodynamic Therapy with Levulan is an in office light procedure to treat actinic keratosis (pre-skin cancers) which have the potential to evolve into squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma.

How It Helps

BLU Light Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is most often used for patients who have many actinic keratosis and freezing all of them becomes impractical. When Blu Light Photodynamic Therapy is compared to efudex cream, which is also used to treat actinic keratosis, there is less down time (redness, crusting and scaling of the treated area) and better cosmetic results. BLU light Photodynamic Therapy may be used to treat lesions anywhere on the body, but it is most often used to treat actinic keratosis on the face, scalp, upper chest, arms and hands. To obtain optimal results, typically two treatment sessions are scheduled about 2 months apart.

What to Expect

At the time of your appointment, the area to be treated will be washed and an acetone scrub will be performed. Levulan will then be applied. Levulan is a topical solution that is absorbed by abnormal precancerous cells and makes them extremely sensitive to light. After Levulan has been applied, you will relax in our reception area for about an hour. After the one hour incubation period (note: incubation periods can range from one to two hours depending on the area being treated), you will be brought back to an exam room, given light protective goggles and placed in the BLU light box for 16 minutes and 40 seconds. During the treatment, you may experience a stinging sensation which is typically relieved with the use of a hand held fan that we provide.

Post-Care Instructions

After the treatment, your skin may appear red like a sun burn and have a stinging sensation. We will place a sunscreen on you and have you wear a hat for the drive home. You need to remain indoors for 36 hours following your BLU Light Photodynamic Therapy and will need to avoid any indirect sun exposure, do not sit next to windows. Post care instructions will be provided for you following your treatment.