Photodynamic Therapy

Destroy damage skin with photodynamic therapy at Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment to destroy damaged cells on the surface of the skin. PDT involves the topical application of a photosynthesizing drug, which a light source is then passed over to activate the drug, destroying targeted cells without damaging other parts of the skin. 

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You may be an ideal candidate for photodynamic therapy if you have:

  • General age and sun damage related skin changes
  • Skin lesions caused by various precancerous or cancerous cells
  • Rosacea
  • Acne

As with all medical procedures, excellent candidates are those in good overall health and who have informed, realistic expectations.


An initial consultation with Dr. Minton is the first step to any procedure. There he will discuss your health history.


The procedure for photodynamic therapy is fairly simple with little to moderate discomfort. After the skin is thoroughly cleaned, a topical drug is applied to the targeted area. Then Dr. Minton passes a light source over the area to create photochemical reaction that activates the drug. A laser is often used to treat smaller areas, whereas a non-laser can treat larger surfaces.

The photochemical reaction causes a reaction similar to a sunburn, killing the damaged cells.


After the photodynamic treatment, Dr. Minton dresses the area. The recovery depends on the strength of the photosynthesizing drug used and the size of the area treated, but it can range anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks. Patients may experience photosensitivity, itching, burning, swelling and peeling after the treatment. Any discomfort can be alleviated with mild pain medication. It’s important to protect the treated area from sun exposure for several months.

An additional treatment is sometimes necessary and is usually administered 7 to 10 days later.


Is photodynamic therapy safe?
Photodynamic therapy is an entirely safe procedure.

How long does a photodynamic therapy treatment take?
After the initial consultation, a photodynamic therapy treatment can take 5 to 45 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.

Will it hurt?
The most common complaint is a burning or tingling sensation as the light source activates the drug. A topical anesthetic can be applied to alleviate discomfort.

How long do the effects of photodynamic therapy last?
The effects of photodynamic therapy permanently destroy the targeted skin.


Our skilled, double-board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Minton is available to discuss photodynamic therapy in greater detail during a consultation at our Savannah Facial Plastic Surgery office in Savannah. Arrange your consultation by contacting us today.

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