Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) is a revolutionary new way to treat sun damaged blemished and aged skin on all areas of the body. By using PDT’s non-invasive light technology, Doctors can now treat a range of skin conditions in a speedy, relatively painless and affordable way with minimal side effects and downtime.

Photo Dynamic Therapy (PDT) is a revolutionary new way to treat sun damaged blemished and aged skin on all areas of the body. By using PDT’s non-invasive light technology, Doctors can now treat a range of skin conditions in a speedy, relatively painless and affordable way with minimal side effects and downtime.

How does PDT work

A naturally occurring lotion called 5-ALA or m-ALA is applied to the affected area (eg face, arms, scalp etc). When applied to the skin, 5-ALA or m-ALA is absorbed into abnormal or damaged cells. Once absorbed, an LED, IPL or laser light source is focused on the treated area for a period of time. When exposed to light, the abnormal skin cells are destroyed to reveal new, fresh, healthy skin cells.

In most clinical studies best results are seen from 2-3 treatments, preformed two -four weeks apart.

Optimizing your results

Prior to your first PDT treatment at the Naturaliste Skin Clinic you will visit our Doctor, who will assess your skin to ensure you are the correct candidate for this procedure. Before you undergo PDT make sure you tell your Doctor about any medications you are taking especially Roaccutane and/ or Tetracyclines. If you have a history of cold sores (herpes simplex 1) you may need to take prophylactic treatment prior to your PDT treatment.

To get the best results from PDT, we will provide you with homecare products to help prepare your skin for the treatment. We recommend you follow the Rationale pre PDT treatment programme for at least two weeks prior to your first treatment; this is inclusive in the package.

DAY

1. Rationale Immunologist Niacinamide Serum

2. Rationale Super Antioxidant ACE Rejuvenating Serum

3. Rationale Photodynamic Light Activated Day Cream SPF15 or Rationale Nutrify SPF30

NIGHT

  1. 1. Rationale ProCeramide Emulsion Preparatory Cleanser
  2. 2. Rationale Catalyst Skin Refining Serum
  3. 3. Rationale DNA Reactivating Night Cream

Remember it’s never too late to repair and protect your skin.

What happens on the day of your treatment

On the day of treatment we will prepare your skin first with a light microdermabrasion treatment to enhance the absorption of the 5Ala lotion and incubate the area for 1 hour.

You will then be exposed to a red or blue LED light source. We apply a barrier balm and spf to protect your skin on leaving.

What happens post treatment

  • 1st & 2nd day – extreme sensitivity to light so keep indoors as much as possible.
  • 3 – 5 days - The treated skin will be red and tender and may peel, scab and flake off. This is a normal result and means the treatment has worked by destroying damaged skin.
  • 6 – 9 days – Redness starts to disappear. Skin may still feel itchy, tight or uncomfortable but is starting to heal. 
  • 10 – 14 days – Healed, healthy, smooth, clear skin will be revealed.

You may need 1-2 follow up PDT treatments for optimal results.

Package Pricing

Our PDT package consists of two PDT session preformed 2-4 weeks apart.

We provide you with an Essential Six Travel Kit by Rationale to help prepare your skin pre treatment and to enhance and support the immunity of your skin post treatment.

It also includes your visit to our G.P prior to your treatment.

Any further treatments necessary will be P.O.A

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