What is Blue Light Therapy?
Blue Light Therapy is a 2-part treatment course with low downtime that provides good results in the treatment of Actinic Keratosis.
What are Actinic Keratoses?
Ak’s are rough-textured, dry, scaly patches on the skin that are caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet light (UV) such as sunlight. These are often called “sun spots” and occur most often on the face, scalp, ears, neck, hands and arms. They can range in color from skin toned to reddish brown and can be as small as a pinhead or larger than a quarter. Ak’s are the result of years of sun exposure and generally appear after the age of 40. About 10% of Actinic Keratoses will develop into skin cancer within an average of 2 years. For this reason, it is important to have regular skin examinations and appropriate treatment for these pre-cancerous lesions.
How does Blue Light Therapy work?
A topical solution is applied to the areas affected by Actinic Keratoses. The solution is then absorbed by the AK cells where it is converted to a chemical that makes the cells extremely sensitive to light. When the AK cells are exposed to the Blue Light, a reaction occurs which destroys the AK cells.
Before Treatment starts
*Be sure to tell your physician of any oral or topical, prescription or non-prescription medications you are using.
*Avoid sun and bright indoor light exposure for at least 48 hours prior to your treatment.
*Avoid sun and bright indoor light exposure for at least 48 hours after your treatment.
*Moisturizers may be applied as needed
*Sunscreens will NOT protect against photosensitivity reactions caused by visible light.