About Photodynamic Therapy
When managing a skin condition like actinic keratoses, there may be a time when a more intensive approach needs to take place. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Reuel Aspacio targets precancerous cells and sun damage with a topical photosensitizing agent applied to the treatment area and coupled with blue light therapy. At Summerlin Dermatology, we provide PDT treatments in our Las Vegas, NV office.
The most important factors in minimizing the risks of skin cancer are by sun avoidance and the use of sun protection. Getting the help you need by an experienced dermatologist, like Dr. Aspacio, increases your chances of improving your skin's health and combating the malignancy. Once a diagnosis is established, Dr. Aspacio will discuss the appropriate treatments for you. If needed, he will work with multiple specialists and/or oncologists to give you the best possible treatment at this stage of your skin's condition. Make an appointment for a consultation today.
The topical solution Levulan, in conjunction with an innovative blue light therapy, is an excellent treatment for actinic keratoses, which are precancerous lesions caused by continued exposure to the sun. We can set up an appointment for Levulan therapy to prevent the condition from becoming cancerous. We are proud to be on the cutting edge of this new treatment option.
"Love Alice when shes able to help me. They also give samples of barious brands that have been AMAZING on my skin"- A.K. / Google / Oct 19, 2018
"Excellent care and competent staff."- C.C. / Google / Oct 14, 2018
"Can't say enough great things about Trish and Dr. Aspacio! They are a really great team and Trish is seriously hilarious. They see you timely and can get you in quick for aesthetic/cosmetic. Love Trish's honesty about any skin care regimen questions. Her face is immaculate so I would absolutely take her advice and then some! ;). Really great practice, great customer service and a wonderful experience all around!"- S.C. / Yelp / Oct 02, 2018
"Before beginning this review, I took time to read several of the reviews posted. A very mixed bag of issues and emotions. Well, here is why I gave this group of working professionals a "5 STAR" rating. I was referred to Summerlin Dermatology by my so called medical PCP. I had concern about a mole like growth on my back which appeared to be getting larger. I was concerned it could be cancerous. I received a call from Summerlin Dermatology on 9/26/2018 regarding this referral. It seemed they had a cancellation for that day and asked if this was convenient for me. Yep. Sure was. However, I told the young lady on the phone, Daisy, I didn't want to sit there filling out new patient paperwork. She explained their website with the on-line forms was down at the time and offered to email me the forms to complete before I arrived. She was so upbeat and professional. When I arrived for my appointment (with my completed paperwork) I was greeted by, not one, but two front office staffers, Jose and Desiree. They were professional with a smile. Again, upbeat. I signed in and waited about 10-15 minutes before I was taken into the examining room. During my wait time I had the opportunity to chat with each of these individuals. Very professional, yet not "starchy" if you know what I mean. Real people with a job to do the best they can. I met with Dr. Aspacio and his assistant. I felt at ease with both. I told the doctor why I was there. Doctor Aspacio examined the mole growth. Then asked me for my cell phone. He took a picture of this mole on my back. It was not easy for me to see since it was on my back. He showed me the picture and explained that it was typical of getting older. Such moles are common at "our age". I laughed. He even showed me a couple of areas where he has developed similar moles. He made me feel at ease. I was sooo relieved. I have lived in Las Vegas for 43 years. I am 67 years old with Medicare insurance. If you want to experience REALLY BAD medical treatment just wait until you become a senior and on Medicare! I thank heaven that Summerlin Dermatology was an outside referral and NOT part of my primary care network!! I haven't seen my PCP in 2 years! All I see are PAC's or a Nurse Practitioner! Summerlin Dermatology, in my experience/opinion, is only 1 of 3 local medical facilities with whom I would consider professional, to the point and personable. I would recommend them highly!!!"- L.H. / Yelp / Sep 27, 2018
"Very knowledgeable professional and detailed. The staff is very attentive and the doctor was incredibly informative taking the time to make sure I understood the procedure. When the results came in he recommended a plastic surgeon to do the surgery. I really felt very confident in the diagnosis and appreciated everyone's help."- S.S. / Yelp / Sep 20, 2018
Select candidates for PDT will have lighter to fair skin coloring with visible sun damage. Patients with actinic keratosis can use PDT to treat the scaly spots associated with the skin condition. Dr. Aspacio typically does not suggest PDT for patients who have:
- Any type of light sensitivities
- A prescribed medication that makes the patient's skin more sensitive to light
- A medical condition, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), or a blood disorder
Of course, the best way to see if you qualify for PDT is to consult with Dr. Aspacio. He will ask you about your past and present medical history, your allergies, what medication you are currently taking, and much more to get to know you better.
A member of our aesthetics team will escort you to one of our treatment rooms prepared with the blue light therapy equipment. Your skin will be cleaned and prepared for the application of the topical medication (Levulan) on the epidermis (top layer of skin). The medication has to be absorbed into your skin for about 1 – 3 hours. Then you will be exposed to the blue light therapy for 5 – 15 minutes.
The PDT therapy may make your skin feel warm to hot with some tingling or stinging sensation during the session. We will do our best to keep you comfortable while maintaining the integrity of the treatment.
What to Expect
We will make sure you are protected with sunscreen before you walk out the door to resume your day. It is in your best interest to stay out of direct sunlight for 24 – 48 hours. During this time, you may feel like you have a sunburn in the area of treatment. It is also possible for you to experience some swelling, blistering, and crusting. Dr. Aspacio will tell you how many treatments you will need and how far apart during a treatment planning session.
Plan Your Procedure
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Let's discuss Options With PDT
Visit Summerlin Dermatology or call to make an appointment today. Letting irritating and painful skin conditions grow unattended may make them worse over time. It is better to visit us today and feel better about yourself tomorrow. Dr. Aspacio can help you obtain healthier skin through this restorative PDT treatment. Contact Dr. Aspacio today to schedule an appointment for an evaluation of your skin and review your treatment options today.