Photodynamic Therapy PDT

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT): Your Gentle Alternative at mySkin Clinic

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is an advanced method for treating precancerous skin conditions caused by UV damage, such as actinic keratoses, and flat basal cell carcinomas, the most common form of skin cancer. At mySkin Clinic, our experienced dermatologists offer this innovative and scar-free therapy to provide you with a safe and effective solution.

Laser-Assisted Daylight PDT

Our unique Laser-Assisted Daylight PDT optimizes the principles of PDT. We start by applying a special cream to the affected skin areas, making the skin cells sensitive to a precise light wavelength. For maximum effectiveness, our specialists use an ablative fractional CO2 laser to enhance the penetration depth of the medication.

After an incubation period during which the skin absorbs the medication, we expose the skin to daylight to activate the treatment. This process destroys damaged cells, which are then shed in the following days and replaced by healthy cells. In case natural daylight is insufficient – a rarity in Mallorca – we use a special lamp that mimics the required light.

It is crucial to protect your skin from direct sunlight in the coming weeks. Unlike previous methods such as freezing, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) leaves no scars or pigment disorders.

This modern treatment method at mySkin Mallorca achieves outstanding cosmetic results, surpassing many other procedures in this regard. It is also highly effective for treating larger skin areas and significantly contributes to preventing recurrences of skin cancer. Over 90% of the skin tumors we treat remain recurrence-free in the subsequent years.

Our laser-assisted daylight PDT is perfect for:

Patients with actinic keratosis or precancerous skin conditions

Actinic keratoses are rough, scaly skin lesions caused by prolonged sun exposure. Compared to previous methods like freezing, PDT has the advantage of not causing scarring or pigment disorders.

Individuals with flat and initial basal cell carcinomas (BCC) or squamous cell carcinomas (SCC)

PDT can be considered a gentle and effective alternative to surgical removal of basal cell carcinomas or squamous cell carcinomas, especially for superficial tumors.

At mySkin Clinic, we offer you a first-class, patient-oriented PDT treatment to protect your skin health and effectively address precancerous conditions and basal cell carcinomas.

FAQs about Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) at mySkin Mallorca

How does PDT work for precancerous conditions and basal cell carcinomas?
PDT at mySkin Mallorca utilizes a light wavelength to activate sensitive skin cells. Laser-assisted daylight PDT optimizes the effect by perforating the skin beforehand. The medication is absorbed and then activated by daylight or special lamps to destroy damaged cells.
Most patients find PDT at mySkin Mallorca well-tolerated. During the treatment, there may be a slight burning or tingling sensation, but this is generally manageable.
The duration of a PDT session at mySkin Mallorca varies depending on the number and size of the treated areas. Typically, a session lasts 30 minutes. Following the application of the special cream, which is activated in daylight, you will spend an additional 2 hours in daylight. Therefore, expect a total treatment time of 2.5 to 3 hours.
After PDT at mySkin Mallorca, there may be redness, swelling, and crust formation on the treated skin. These effects are temporary and usually subside within a few days to 1 week. It is important to follow the post-care routine recommended by your dermatologist to achieve the best results.
The number of sessions required at mySkin Mallorca depends on the nature and extent of skin changes. Your dermatologist at mySkin will collaborate with you to create an individualized treatment plan. If sun damage is more pronounced, multiple sessions may be necessary at intervals of several weeks.