Photodynamic therapy is a type of treatment that uses a light sensitizing medication put on the skin or into...
BLU-U Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy
The BLU-U blue light [with the use of topical aminolevulanic acid (ALA)] is a light source that can be used to treat Actinic Keratoses (AKs). When ALA is applied to the affected area for a selected incubation period, the ALA penetrates the AK cell. The ALA is converted to a photosensitizer, PpIX. Blue light (BLU-U) is applied, then activates the PpIX, generating reactive singlet oxygen. The result is the destruction of the AK cell.
The unit that delivers the blue light can be configured to treat the scalp, face, arms, and hands. After treatment, the skin becomes red and swollen, however recovery typically occurs within two weeks. The benefits of this technology is that it is a one day in office treatment (with the possibility of a second treatment in one month), the entire area is treated, instead of chasing lesions, and once healing is achieved, the skin is rejuvenated almost as if one had a cosmetic procedure. Best of all, this procedure is mostly covered by insurance.