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.
"Dr. Aspacio has been terrific in treating my pre-cancerous skin condition."- R.K. / Google / Feb 09, 2020
"I have been a client of Summerlin Dermatology for a number of years now and feel at home every time I walk through the door. Whether it is a facial with Pamela or a cosmetic procedure with Trish and Dr. Aspacio, I never feel uncomfortable. They take the time to explain my options, answer ALL of my questions and provide advice. I look forward to every visit."- D.B. / Yelp / May 05, 2020
"Summerlin Dermatology is hands down the best in Las Vegas for all your skincare and cosmetic needs. Dr. Aspacio has an excellent bedside manner and takes a conservative approach for a natural look. His staff has always been friendly, professional, and knowledgeable in all that they do. I moved out of state two years ago and still fly in once a quarter for all my needs. No one compares to them!"- K.R. / Yelp / May 05, 2020
"Thank you for taking such good care of my daughter when she needed to be seen. My family thanks you very much. Your willingness to help her goes a long way. This type of business model will get you patients for life!"- M.D. / Facebook / Apr 17, 2020
"I've been coming to see Dr. Aspacio for over 10 years. I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. Whether it's for medical or for cosmetic he is the best! The front staff is always welcoming and accommodating. They always make me feel like I'm part of their family. Another huge plus is the office is extremely clean and during this time especially you really notice how clean there office really is. Best Derm in town! Thank you Dr. Aspacio for taking care of me and my skin for the past 10 years!"- R.L. / Yelp / Apr 16, 2020
Photodynamic Therapy Ideal Candidates
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.
Photodynamic Therapy Procedure Technique
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 with Photodynamic Therapy
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.