Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a cutting-edge, cosmetically superior method of treating precancerous skin lesions and superficial skin cancers of certain types.

 A special cream (a photosensitizer) is applied to treatment area and activated by light. Sometimes a second treatment is recommended a week later. The beauty of PDT is that it leaves healthy skin cells almost completely unaffected. There are two ways of administering PDT:

  • Conventional PDT – which is done in the clinic: we prepare the treatment area and apply the cream and cover with a dressing. 3 hours later you return to clinic when we shine a light on the area for 10 minutes or so.
  • Daylight PDT – again, we prepare the treatment area and apply the cream. You then go home and exposure to daylight for 2 hours activates the cream. Then you return to clinic for us to remove the cream.

If you are concerned about sun damaged skin, book to see our experienced dermatology specialists for an assessment.

treatment time

3-4 hours (twice)

recovery time

7 days

number of treatments

1-2

how long does it last

usually permanently

course of treatment

yes

approximate cost

from £495