Photodynamic Therapy


Learn More About the Healing Powers of Light-Activated Compounds in New York

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) at NY’s Hudson Dermatology—also known as blue light treatment—relies on the power of technology and the healing properties of light to help patients battling sun-damaged skin. Patients are given a special light-sensitive gel called a photosensitizing agent specifically designed to treat sun-damaged, precancerous skin cells. This medication is then activated by a special wavelength of light energy, causing it to target and peel off unwanted cells and tissue. In some cases, PDT also triggers a patient’s immune response, prompting the body to attack problematic and dangerous cells.

The board-certified medical professionals at Hudson Dermatology understand the uncertainty patients may experience when faced with a new diagnosis, which is why our dermatologists and physician assistants leverage their empathy and consideration in addition to knowledge and experience when working to craft and execute an effective treatment plan. Anyone pursuing photodynamic therapy—or any other skin-focused treatment at Hudson Dermatology—can expect quality care performed in a safe and welcoming environment.

How Does Photodynamic Therapy Work?

Photodynamic therapy at NY’s Hudson Dermatology occurs in two phases. At the start of treatment, a gel is applied to the treatment area. The gel requires 45 to 60 minutes before it can be absorbed by the targeted cells. The patient will then return for the light therapy phase. A member of our team will direct a special blue light over the treatment area, typically for a period of 10 minutes. A fan is used to ensure patient comfort during the procedure.

The light triggers a reaction from the medication, treating the targeted precancerous cells. While some patients require a single session, others may require several appointments scheduled about a month apart for the best possible outcome. The recovery process is comparatively minimal. Patients often experience redness and mild peeling, as well as light sensitivity in the treated area, and will be encouraged to avoid direct sunlight, wear protective clothing, and remain indoors as much as possible right after photodynamic therapy. The healing process typically requires about a week.

What Conditions Does Photodynamic Therapy Treat?

Photodynamic therapy at NY’s Hudson Dermatology is used to address actinic keratoses. These rough, red, or tan scaly patches of skin are caused by prolonged sun exposure. When left untreated, they have a chance of developing into squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer. Fortunately, photodynamic therapy offers an effective treatment option that is covered by insurance.

The gel is applied directly to the lesions, which are then exposed to blue light a short time later. Many dermatologists consider photodynamic therapy to be the initial treatment of choice for actinic keratoses, both for its efficacy and for the fact that it has less downtime than topical chemotherapy.

Whether you notice pre-cancerous lesions on your own or a dermatologist discovers them during a routine full-body scan, you can discuss your treatment options at a consultation to develop an appropriate plan of action.

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Contact the Hudson Dermatology team now to set up a consultation for photodynamic therapy in NY. Dutchess, Westchester, Columbia, Ulster, Putnam, Rockland, and Orange County residents can schedule an appointment via our online scheduler.

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With offices in Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Hudson, Somers and Tarrytown, Hudson Dermatology offers the highest quality of care centered around medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and pediatric skincare. Patients in New York’s Hudson Valley area can depend on the professional team at Hudson Dermatology to satisfy all their medical and cosmetic skincare needs.

FULL-SERVICEDERMATOLOGY

With offices in Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, Kingston, Hudson, Somers and Tarrytown, Hudson Dermatology offers the highest quality of care centered around medical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, and pediatric skincare. Patients in New York’s Hudson Valley area can depend on the professional team at Hudson Dermatology to satisfy all their medical and cosmetic skincare needs.