At our main location on Tanque Verde Road, as well as our Casa Grande location, we are equipped with a device called the BLU-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy Illuminator.
Blue Light Therapy is a noninvasive phototherapy procedure indicated for the treatment of minimally to moderately thick actinic keratoses of the face or scalp. Actinic keratoses are roughly textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that can develop into squamous cell carcinomas. When treating actinic keratoses, Blue Light Therapy is used in conjunction with the Levulan Kerastick, a photosensitizing agent that reacts with the light to destroy these pre-cancerous cells.
Blue Light Therapy for treatment of actinic keratoses means that patients do not have to fill prescriptions or remember to take medication on a daily basis.
Blue Light Therapy also has a phototoxic effect on acne-causing bacteria, meaning it causes a chemically induced skin irritation which, over time, can eliminate acne from the skin. Blue Light Therapy has proven to work faster than other methods such as oral medications or topical treatments.
After a treatment session, your skin may be red, swollen, and/or mildly bruised and blistered. This is normal and should resolve within 7 days. Your skin may also be slightly crusted over. This, too, is a common response and should resolve within 14 days. Your skin will be sensitive to sunlight for several weeks after the treatment is completed. To ensure success and to prevent skin infections post-op, you should avoid direct sunlight on the treated area.
Contact us if you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions.