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    What is Photo Dynamic Therapy? I hear about an IPL Treatment “with or without Levulan”

    Any patient with broken capillaries, sun-induced freckles, birthmarks, melasma and/or blotchy pigmentation (sun damage), can benefit from treatments with IPL (intense pulsed light) photorejuvenation and expect excellent improvement. The effects of IPL photorejuvenation can be expedited with the application of a medication pre-treatment, called Levulan®. The combination of IPL photorejuvenation used in conjunction with Levulan® is called Photo Dynamic Therapy.

    Levulan® is a 20% solution of Aminolevulinic Acid (ALA). ALA is a natural substance found naturally in the body, as it is a precursor for hemoglobin synthesis. When the application of Levulan® is combined with IPL Photorejuvenation treatments, we turbo boost the light therapy and enhance the overall results. IPL Los Angeles treatment also stimulates the formation of more collagen in the skin, thus giving your skin a renewed, refreshed, smoother texture and appearance. This is termed an activated Fotofacial, or photodynamic skin rejuvenation, when PDT (Levulan®) is added to regular IPL treatment photorejuvenation.

    Typically 4-5 IPL Los Angeles treatments are recommended per area (4-6 weeks apart) for optimal results, but with Levulan® the number of IPL treatments needed and recommended is usually reduced to 3.