Denver Levulan Photo Facial

The Levulan® Photodynamic Therapy System is a two-part process that utilizes both the Levulan® Kerastick® topical solution and intense pulsed light therapy (IPL). This procedure can be used to treat acne, actinic keratoses, sun damage and sebaceous hyperplasia of the face and scalp.

How does the Levulan® PDT System work?

The first step is to have a Levulan® Kerastick® topical solution applied to the area/s of the skin.  The solution makes the skin more sensitive to light, which prepares the skin for the second step in the process.

After leaving the topical solution on the skin for 60 minutes, therapy continues with the IPL Treatment. The IPL treatment takes 20-30 minutes and can cause minimal discomfort because of the nature of the Levulan® Kerastick® topical solution. This discomfort usually improves immediately after treatment and ends within 24 hours.

After treatment is completed, almost all patients experience some temporary reddening and some patients experience minimal swelling of any acne, actinic keratoses and the surrounding skin. Generally all reddening is gone by one week after treatment and swelling is reduced or non-existent after one to two days. You should be prepared to stay indoors for 48 hours post-treatment.

Levulan is contraindicated in person’s who are pregnant, nursing or on photosensitivity inducing medications, such as antibiotics, sulfa drugs, antifungal, and diabetes, or have a blood clotting disorder.

Taking medications that promote light sensitivity should have been stopped seven days prior to having a laser light treatment. If you are tan, you must wait until the tan has faded away to have this procedure.

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