PDT Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic Rejuvenation (PDT)

(Dr. Dannaker now prefers other modalities to PDT, especially for optimal cosmetic benefits.  Even for treatment of photodamage and pre-cancers alone, PDT, as with most single treatments cleans somewhat less than half of the lesions when followed up 6-12 months later. Dr. Dannaker's preference is to reduce pre-cancers to the absolute minimum and maximize the cosmetic benefit with improved pigmentation, smaller pores, fewer fine lines and firmer skin. Often after PDT, patients still have to return regularly to freeze precancers, albeit less frequently than before PDT.  

 Dr. Dannaker now uses a combination of a prescription anti-precancer cream, used by the patient several weeks before they return to the office for a Fraxel 1927nm (thulium laser) treatment, which is also FDA approved for clearance of precancers.  Subsequently the patient will usually be prescribed an easy to follow routine of once weekly application of another FDA approved anti-precancer cream and immune stimulator for 6-12 months in an attempt to clear many of the invisible, but still present pre-cancers.)

Dr. Dannaker is an expert in PDT and has used this modality for well over a decade.  It will reduce sun damage and improve the skin's appearance.  Using LED, low level laser light, heat, conventional lasers and other light sources, he has refined the procedure well beyond the conventional.

Not only can the usual signs of sun damage be improved such as blotchy pigmentation, redness and precancerous changes but the overall appearance of the skin can be rejuvenated utilizing photo-dynamic therapy.  Inconvenience time is typically 3-5 days, during which you will experience a mild to moderate sunburn reaction.  

Dr. Dannaker pioneered photodynamic rejuvenation on the Central Coast. He employs a specialized protocol which includes enhancing the penetration of the Levulan (ALA) and activation with a series of lasers.  Typically in addition to Intense Pulsed Light Using the Lumenis Lume 1 device as well as Low Level Laser Light (LLLL)  in order to maximize results.  Afterwords Dr. Dannaker prescribes a topical that will continue the improvement for years to come and minimize future development of skin cancer or pre-cancer.Patients with significant sun damage and pre-cancers no longer have to resort to a month of painful and red skin from topical chemotherapeutic creams. Photodynamic Therapy takes only a few days to recover and skin benefits go far beyond removal of pre cancers (actinic keratoses).  Substantial improvement in skin texture, pigmentation and fine lines is typical.     

 Before & After Photodynamic Therapy  Dr. Dannaker's ActualPatient
*Results may vary

   *Patients treated with Levulan PDT should avoid exposure of the photosensitized lesions to sunlight or prolonged or intense light for at least 36 hours.


*Results may vary