If you are looking for a dermatology medical professional, Kallgren Dermatology is just what you’ve been looking for. We treat a wide variety of common skin disorders including acne, eczema, rosacea and skin allergies. We also perform skin cancer checks and treat skin cancer. We are staffed by highly-qualified doctors with impressive resumes.

One procedure we perform is photodynamic therapy. It has several medical uses that we will outline below.

When was it first used?

  • There are records dating back to ancient Egypt using techniques that are quite similar to PDT.
  • Its usefulness has been over 100 years.
  • In the 1980’s its medical uses were studied and expanded upon.

What is Photodynamic Therapy?

  • Photodynamic Therapy is sometimes called photo-chemotherapy.
  • It uses nontoxic light-sensitive compounds that are exposed to light which turns them toxic and they destroy malignant cells. Can kill bacteria, fungi, and viruses.

Common Uses of Photodynamic Therapy

  • Is used to treat psoriasis.
  • It is also used to treat acne, rosacea, and skin cancer.  
  • Used to treat actinic keratosis, which is a pre-cancerous growth on the surface of the skin.
  • It also has cosmetic uses including treating wrinkles and general rejuvenation.

Side Effects

  • After a PTD treatment, a patient may experience sensitivity to light, both outdoor and indoor light.
  • Side effects will depend on what chemical is used.
  • The patient will need to wear appropriate clothes such as long sleeve sleeves.
  • Sunglasses are also a recommendation.

It also has non-dermatological uses including the treatment of Wet Age-related Macular degeneration.

If you have a condition that can be treated with PDT, call 303.444.8100 for an appointment.