At Congress Cosmetic Medical Corp., we provide phototherapy procedures at our Pasadena practice, allowing you to slow down the rapid growth of skin cells and avoid health issues like psoriasis.
Narrow-band Ultraviolet B (UVB) phototherapy is a form of phototherapy used to treat various skin diseases at our practice including psoriasis, vitiligo, eczema, mycosis fungoides (Cutaneous T-cell lymphoma) and itching. Narrow-band UVB uses light bulbs that have a specific targeted wavelength (311-313nm) known to be effective in treating psoriasis and other inflammatory skin disorders. Treatment begins with sessions that may last around 20 seconds and slowly increase depending on patient tolerance and skin disease being treated. Phototherapy requires anywhere from 1-3 treatments per week, and can take up to 15-20 treatments to start seeing improvement. Once improvement begins however, many people find treatment with NBUVB to be a huge success, with prolonged remission possible.
Excimer laser, a 308nm phototherapy laser, is an advances form of UVB phototherapy that delivers targeted light directly to affected tissue without exposing healthy skin. This laser creates a concentrated, but painless, beam of light that is applied through a hand piece directly to the skin. Patients have used this treatment successfully for many years and often are able to maintain clearance of improved skin over extended periods of time, often 6months or more. Occasionally, maintenance treatments may be recommended to sustain disease clearing or cosmetic re-pigmentation.
Photodynamic Therapy for Acne and Sun-damaged Skin
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a two-step process that can help treat sun-damaged skin (actinic keratosis) and cystic acne. PDT utilizes a special topical solution that is applied to the skin prior to exposure to blue light, such as the Blu-U® blue light. This solution is only absorbed by abnormal cells, such as those present in acne-prone areas, pre-cancerous skin lesions, and sun-damaged skin. Since only the “bad” cells are targeted by the blue light treatment that follows, the skin is quickly restored to a healthy, normal condition. While PDT is effective in treating pre-cancerous skin conditions, it is also very effective in controlling acne, preventing acne scars, reducing pore size, decreasing oiliness, and smoothing skin tone.
The first step is the application of the light-absorbing solution. This liquid is left on your skin for 45-60 minutes while it selectively sinks into pimples, acne cysts, overactive sebaceous glands, and other abnormal areas, leaving the normal skin unaffected. The absorption of the solution turns the sun-damaged skin and acne into "targets" for the next step.
In the second step of PDT, the unabsorbed solution is removed from your skin and you are placed under a special blue light. This light is drawn only to the affected areas, which have absorbed the topical solution. This selective targeting greatly reduces sun-damaged cells (actinic keratosis) and the bacteria responsible for the acne are killed.
Blu U® Acne Treatment
Acne can be an embarrassing problem that lasts beyond the teen years. Blu-U® blue light acne treatment acts by killing acne-causing bacteria. The procedure is non-invasive and completely pain free, and takes only 15 minutes. We will develop a treatment plan with you based on your unique skin needs. Typically one to two treatments a week for four to six weeks are necessary.
During the procedure, you will rest comfortably while your skin is exposed to the Blu-U® Acne light. The Blu-U® system effectively clears 70 percent of moderate, inflammatory acne in just a few weeks, results that typically last up to eight months.
Blu-U® acne treatment is perfectly safe and approved for all ages and skin types. The system’s blue-violet light penetrates just deep enough into the tissue to reach the acne target, without adversely affecting surrounding skin. The Blu-U® acne treatment has no known side effects.
For more information on phototherapy, please contact our Pasadena practice at a time that's suitable for you.