Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Photodynamic therapy is an advanced treatment that combines light energy and topical solutions for an effective solution to cancerous and precancerous growths. At the Skin Cancer Center of Goodman Dermatology, we offer this procedure to men and women living in Roswell, Marietta / East Cobb, Woodstock and Dawsonville, GA.
What is Photodynamic Therapy?
Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, is an advanced solution for addressing both cancerous and precancerous growths. These growths include moles, keratoses, and various other skin lesions. PDT uses a special solution known as a photosensitizing agent. This is a medication that becomes activated when targeted with specific light energy. During the PDT treatment, the photosensitizing agent will be applied to the cancerous growth. Then, the area is targeted with light energy, activating the medication to target and kill the cancerous and precancerous cells.
How Much Does Photodynamic Therapy Cost?
The cost of your photodynamic therapy treatment will vary depending on your treatment needs, and may be covered by some health insurance providers. At Goodman Dermatology, we understand that each patient is entirely unique. With different skin types, cosmetic features and treatment needs, each patient deserves a personalized treatment that is designed with them in mind. For these reasons, we are not able to provide an exact cost for treatment until we have the opportunity to assess your treatment goals and develop a personalized treatment plan.
During your consultation, we will discuss your needs and treatment goals in order to determine this treatment plan and inform you of the cost of your photodynamic therapy treatment. To make our treatments more affordable for our patients, we are proud to offer financing options through CareCredit®.
What Can I Expect During the Photodynamic Therapy Treatment?
The photosensitizing agent required for PDT may either be applied to the skin topically, or injected into the bloodstream to address larger growths. Once this solution has been fully absorbed by the targeted skin lesion, the rest of treatment can continue. Most often, a laser device will be used to activate the photosensitizing agent. This may cause a warm, tingling or burning sensation, but can be made more comfortable with the use of various anesthetic techniques.
Are There Any Side Effects After Photodynamic Therapy?
After PDT, you may experience swelling, redness or discomfort in the treatment area. However, these side effects typically fade within several days.
Is There Any Downtime Required After Photodynamic Therapy?
There is no recovery period necessary after PDT. However, you will need to avoid direct sunlight for several weeks after treatment, as the skin will be highly sensitive to light during this time.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect After Photodynamic Therapy?
The photodynamic therapy can be effective in fully eliminating cancerous and precancerous growths. However, depending on the size of the skin growth, multiple treatments may be necessary. During your consultation, we’ll discuss your condition and your treatment plan in order to inform you of the number of treatments required, as well as the results that you can expect.
If you are seeking photodynamic therapy treatment in Roswell, Marietta / East Cobb, Alpharetta or the nearby areas of Georgia, contact us today to schedule your consultation at Goodman Dermatology. We are proud to offer this and other medical dermatology solutions, as well as exceptional, personalized care.