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What is Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)?

Photodynamic Therapy or PDT is the latest non invasive technology being used by Doctors worldwide to treat Skin Cancer, precancerous lesions, sun damaged and aged skin.

How does it work?

This revolutionary new technique involves applying a special photosensitising agent to the damaged skin. The photosensitising lotion is left to incubate on the skin for the recommended time (around 2 - 4 hours) to allow it to be absorbed into the abnormal and damaged cells. The area is then activated using a light source. This process causes a photochemical reaction which destroys metabolically active abnormal cells and leaves the normal cells relatively untouched.

A minimum of one to two treatments approximately four weeks apart is the standard treatment protocol. The treatment schedule is tailored and may be customised to each patient's needs. You will be advised by your Skin Doctor as to how many sessions you will require. 
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What are the advantages of PDT?

PDT has many benefits which help improve the overall health, look and feel of your skin.

It can assist you to avoid surgical procedures to treat Skin Cancers and precancerous lesions and also provides exceptional cosmetic results for sun damaged and aged skin, acne, fine lines and skin discolouration. PDT is also very effective in bringing new life to aged skin in areas that in the past have been very difficult to treat such as the décolletage, arms and hands.

Post treatment your skin needs to be looked after and protected from the harsh UV rays of the sun. Your Doctor and therapist will give recommendations on how to properly maintain your skin's overall health long term. 

Should I have Photodynamic Therapy?

PDT provides an excellent cosmetic result and the treatment is able to be customised to your individual needs. It can be repeated if necessary and it does not prevent you from undergoing any other cosmetic, medical or surgical procedures in the future.

Patients must see a Doctor for a skin check prior to considering PDT treatment. Treatment is only done after approval from a Doctor and is not suitable for everyone. If PDT is recommended to you, you will need to book in for a complimentary consult with our PDT Therapist to discuss the treatment in detail with you and provide you with all the necessary treatment information.

What should I expect post-treatment?

After treatment you will be sensitive to light for 24 - 48 hours. It is important during this time that your exposure to the sun in minimal. The best protection outdoors is wearing a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.

Skin Response
Skin response will vary with treatment parameters and each individual's skin condition. Darker pigmented patches may become temporarily darker and then peel off, leaving normal skin. This usually occurs over 7 to 10 days.

Days 1 - 2
Extreme sensitivity to light so keep indoors and out of direct sunlight as much as possible.
Days 3 - 5
The treated area will be red, tender and may peel, scab or flake off. This is a normal result.
Days 6 - 9
Redness starts to disappear. Skin may still feel itchy, tight and uncomfortable, but is healing.

Fee Structure 

Photodynamic Therapy appointments are charged out as follows:

Initial consultation (with PDT Therapist)                                -          Complimentary
Treatment Package (depending on are to be treated)          -          $300 to $1250
Post PDT checks (with PDT Therapist and Doctor)                 -          Complimentary
Unfortunately, Medicare or Private Health rebates do not apply on PDT treatments.
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