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Acne Treatment -  Blue Light Treatment with Levulan


Blue light treatment with levulan for acne  

CONDITION TREATED: Moderate persistent acne in teens and adults.

THE REMEDY: Application of Levulan, which is activated by Blue Light.
RESULTS: Destroys most common bacteria that cause acne.
TREATMENT INTERVAL: Twice a week for 4 weeks.
TREATMENT TIME: 20 minutes.
RECOVERY TIME: Client must stay out of sunlight for 24 hours. There may be slight redness for 1-2 days.
When we combine the latest in Laser Acne treatments to fight acne / acne scar tissue (including Photodynamic Therapy - a treatment with the efficacy of Accutane for severe acne but without the risks), Blue Light treatments, Microdermabrasion and Acne Fighter facials, your acne doesn't stand a chance!
Our IPL system provides acne treatment by sending intense light through the skin that is of a wavelength specific for killing acne bacteria and drying up overactive oil glands. Because the light is specifically tuned for acne and oil glands, IPL acne treatment does not cause skin or other tissue damage. Since no harm is done to the surrounding tissue, there is minimal pain and redness after the procedure. Our patients go right back to work or class after the treatment. 

Blue Light or Laser (IPL) Acne Treatment are very effective acne therapies, but when we pre-treat the skin with amino levulinic acid - a powerful light sensitizing agent, the potency of these light based acne treatments increases exponentially. This is called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and it is being adopted around the world as the best alternative to Accutane. Photodynamic Therapy gives outstanding results, even for the most severe or resistant cystic acne without dangerous side effects. Photodynamic Therapy clears acne for up to two or more years.

Dr. Darush believes that acne should always be treated with a combination of therapies.  Depending on your acne and the skin type, Dr. Darush will explain the best therapy specilized for your skin type. 

All of our acne regimen may include acne detoxifications, IPL Photofacial,  blue light therapy with levulan, skin care products customization for your skin, regular facials, microdermabrasions, chemical peels and our last resort is Accutane.

For more information or to schedule a complementary consultation with Dr. Darush, give us a call at 818-280-0700.


Photodynamic Therapy (levulan plus Blue Light Treatment)

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a medical treatment that uses a photosensitizing drug (a drug that becomes activated by light exposure) and a light source to activate the applied drug. The result is an activated oxygen molecule that can destroy nearby cells. Precancerous cells and certain types of cancer cells can be treated this way. The procedure is easily performed in a physician's office or outpatient setting.

PDT essentially has three steps. First, a light-sensitizing liquid, cream, or intravenous drug (photosensitizer) is applied or administered. Second, there is an incubation period of minutes to days. Finally, the target tissue is then exposed to a specific wavelength of light that then activates the photosensitizing medication.


         1. application of photosensitizer drug

         2. incubation period

         3. light activation

Although first used in the early 1900s, PDT in the modern sense is a fairly new, evolving science. Current PDT involves a variety of incubation times for the light-sensitizing drug and a variety of light sources depending on the target tissue. The basic premise of PDT is selective tissue destruction. Although the photosensitizer may be absorbed all over by many cells, atypical or cancerous cells take up more of the drug and retain the drug for a longer duration than normal tissues.

At present, the primary limitation of available PDT techniques is the depth of penetration of the light and ability to target cells within at most 1/3 of an inch (approximately 1 cm) of the light source. Therefore, tumors or atypical growths must be close to the surface of the skin or treatment surface for PDT to work.

PDT is currently used in a number of medical fields including oncology (cancer), dermatology (skin), and cosmetic surgery.

In oncology, it is FDA approved for non-small cell lung cancer, esophageal cancer, and precancerous changes of Barrett's esophagus. Its use is also being further investigated through clinical trials in general oncology for conditions including cancers of the cervix (mouth of uterus), prostate gland, brain, and peritoneal cavity (the abdominal space that contains the stomach, liver, and internal organs).

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