Using Levulan for pre cancer on the face is it better to use bluelight or laser?
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Laser vs PDT for precancerous cells.
Laser (Fraxel 1927) can heal skin faster, and also give a better cosmetic outcome - less pigment, wrinkles, better skin tone etc.. plus, in my hands, the results are equally as good, if not better than PDT.
Video explains the PDT procedure.
Dr Davin Lim
Photodynamic Therapy Treatment for Sun Damage
The ALA is applied to the skin for 60 minutes (or longer) in that time the solution is penetrating into the skin and binding to the sun damaged cells. After the hour Vbeam is performed to improve the broken capillaries that are typically associated with sun damage, as well as activated the ALA. The last step would be the Blue Light or Red Light, this step activates the ALA that has attached to the sun damage and the activation will destroy the damaged cells.
It is important to stay out of the sun for 48 hours post procedure, even if wearing a hat and sunscreen; sun exposure of any kind is prohibited.
Consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist to see what treatment is best for you.
Levulan and Lasers
Both Levulan and blue light or the Fraxel Dual laser on the 1927 wavelength will treat pre-cancers. It really depends on the extent of pre-cancerous changes that are present and what other conditions in the skin are present. For the best result please see a board certified dermatologist with experience in lasers.