Photodynamic Therapy

Dr. Mouhammad Aouthmany, MD, FAAD
Board Certified Dermatologist
Photodynamic Therapy 
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is an FDA approved treatment for actinic keratosis (AKs).  These are sun damaged spots with the potential to change into squamous cell carcinoma of the skin.  PDT is an in office treatment that help get rid of AKs.  

In the first step we apply a medication (aminolevulinic acid) to your skin.  Let it soak for 60 minutes to allow the AKs to take up the medication.  Then, we use a special blue light to activate the medication.  When the blue light is turned on, it will destroy the AKs that have taken up the medication.

  1. Bring some reading material or anything else you might like to keep you entertained while you wait 60 minutes
  2. Blue Light Treatment. You will wear protective eyewear, which we will provide, during the blue light treatment. Your skin will then be exposed to a bright blue light. The blue light treatment will take about 17 minutes. You will feel stinging or burning when the area on your skin is exposed to the blue light. The most intense part of the treatment is the first 5 minutes, after which the intensity usually subsides for the duration of the treatment
  3. Do not wash the area where the medication was put on your skin. During this waiting period you will need to stay out of the sun and away from bright indoor lighting.
If you have a history of cold sores, please inform us in advance, as you may want to take an oral antiviral medication before and after your treatment. 

Insurance Coverage: PDT is generally covered by most insurance companies. If you have questions regarding your specific insurance coverage, please contact your insurer. Information you will need if you call: CPT code (procedure code): 96567 J-Code (medication code): J7308 ICD-10 code (diagnosis code): L57.0