BLU Light Photodynamic Therapy
Questions & Answers
Is this treatment covered by my insurance.
Yes, in most cases yes, insurance does cover the cost of this procedure. If you have concerns regarding coverage we advise you to contact your insurance company directly to see what amount they will cover.
How long will I be under the light?
You will be under the BLU Light for 16 minutes and 40 seconds. Once the time has been reached, the light will turn off automatically.
Is this treatment painful?
Most patients describe a stinging sensations that builds over the first six minutes of the treatment then plateaus and is easily soothed for most patients with a hand held fan.
How red will I be after my treatment?
Most patient's skin is pink following the procedure, but some have a more brisk reaction and have red skin similar to a moderate sun burn. The redness and flaking from this procedure resolves over the next 7 days for most patients.
BLU Light Photodynamic Therapy with Levulan is an in office light procedure to treat actinic keratosis (pre-skin cancers) which have the potential to evolve into squamous cell carcinoma or basal cell carcinoma.
How It Helps
BLU Light Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is most often used for patients who have many actinic keratosis and freezing all of them becomes impractical.
When Blu Light Photodynamic Therapy is compared to efudex cream, which is also used to treat actinic keratosis, there is less down time (redness, crusting and scaling of the treated area) and better cosmetic results.
BLU light Photodynamic Therapy may be used to treat lesions anywhere on the body, but it is most often used to treat actinic keratosis on the face, scalp, upper chest, arms and hands.
To obtain optimal results, typically two treatment sessions are scheduled about 2 months apart.
What to Expect
At the time of your appointment, the area to be treated will be washed and an acetone scrub will be performed.
Levulan will then be applied. Levulan is a topical solution that is absorbed by abnormal precancerous cells and makes them extremely sensitive to light.
After Levulan has been applied, you will relax in our reception area for about an hour. After the one hour incubation period (note: incubation periods can range from one to two hours depending on the area being treated), you will be brought back to an exam room, given light protective goggles and placed in the BLU light box for 16 minutes and 40 seconds.
During the treatment, you may experience a stinging sensation which is typically relieved with the use of a hand held fan that we provide.
After the treatment, your skin may appear red like a sun burn and have a stinging sensation.
We will place a sunscreen on you and have you wear a hat for the drive home.
You need to remain indoors for 36 hours following your BLU Light Photodynamic Therapy and will need to avoid any indirect sun exposure, do not sit next to windows.
Post care instructions will be provided for you following your treatment.