PDT Acne Treatment

In La Jolla

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Acne in our teenage years is normal but can leave scarring that lasts for years. It can impact our self-esteem the longer it remains. If you have experienced this and tried numerous methods to reduce the visibility of acne to no avail, there is hope. At La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we offer the most cutting-edge treatments to help you look and feel your best, especially when it comes to acne treatment. Our PDT Acne treatment might be the solution you are looking for. 


What is a PDT Acne Treatment?

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a type of light-based treatment for acne-prone skin that eliminates skin cells that have been damaged by acne and also calms sebaceous glands that produce oils. PDT uses a photosensitizing drug called Levulan. When applied to the skin and exposed to an IPL or BLU-U light source, Levulan selectively removes damaged skin cells. In dermatology, PDT has been successful in treating resistant and cystic acne when normal treatments have failed. 

What are the Benefits of a PDT Acne Treatment?

The benefits from a La Jolla and San Diego PDT acne treatment include: 

  • Elimination of scars
  • Smooth skin
  • Youthful appearance
  • Boost in self-esteem
  • Reduction in red or inflamed skin

If you have specific goals and needs that you are hoping the PDT treatment will address, talk to the doctor during your consultation, as they will inform you of other benefits you may see.


Who are the Best Candidates for a PDT Acne Treatment?

You might be a great candidate for a PDT acne treatment in La Jolla and the San Diego area if you want to get rid of your acne scars for good. Perhaps you have tried numerous other methods and options, and they leave you feeling disappointed. At La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic, we work with both men and women to restore your natural-looking skin, as well as your self-esteem in the process. Talk to us today to learn more about how a PDT acne treatment can benefit you. 

What’s the First Step?

The first step to getting a PDT Acne treatment is to schedule a consultation. We offer free consultation sessions to call our clients. During the session, you will have the opportunity to discuss your goals and problem areas with the doctor. It is also a good time to ask questions and share any concerns or reservations you have about the treatment. We want to ensure you make the right decision by being fully informed. Our doctor will also assess your skin and the areas you wish to work on, to ensure you are a good candidate for the treatment.


What to Expect on the Day of a PDT Acne Treatment Treatment

When you arrive at the clinic, we will ask you to wash your face so that the skin is clear and ready for treatment. After filling out the paperwork we will take you to the procedure room where the doctor will walk you through the process.

The skin in the area to be treated is cleansed and prepped with a microdermabrasion treatment or an acetone scrub. The Levulan is applied and incubated for 30 to 120 minutes. The Levulan does sting when applied, but will quickly subside. When the light is turned on, you may experience varying levels of stinging or burning which may be somewhat intense for a few moments. The time the treatment will take is determined by the local area to be treated, skin type, and severity of acne. 


PDT Acne Treatment Recovery

Your skin will be hypersensitive following your treatment, so you will be instructed to remain totally out of the sun for the first 48 hours to prevent reactivation of the Levulan and sun-induced overreaction. You will experience a sunburn effect the first 2 days following application. 

Beginning day 3 your skin may feel tight and begin to peel. There is redness following treatment which is all part of the process. If you have any concerns about post-treatment recovery, talk to our doctor during your consultation.

How Much Does a PDT Acne Treatment Cost in La Jolla & San Diego?

The cost of a PDT Acne Treatment in La Jolla & San Diego is tailored to address your specific concerns and skin issues. When you schedule your consultation, we will discuss your problems and assess your desired outcome. We will also be able to determine how long the treatment will take for you. Based on these factors, we will give you a more accurate price point during your consultation. We offer financing options for all our clients to make it more affordable. 


Why Choose La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic?

As a renowned location in the La Jolla and San Diego areas, we offer the best and most advanced skin treatments on the market. Our friendly staff and inviting and clean atmosphere will ensure you feel comfortable and supported when you step in our doors. We treat all of our clients like family because we know how important your skin is. When you visit La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic, you will receive world-class treatment, at affordable prices, with reassurance from our highly trained medical staff. 


Schedule Your Consultation

To schedule your complimentary consultation for PDT Acne Treatment in San Diego, call us at (858) 225-8380. You can also contact us on the website to make your booking. Our team is highly responsive and will make sure to schedule your consultation at a time that suits you.

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  • “Was my first appointment with this clinic. The staff were very nice. Dr Siddiqui was amazing. She really took the time to walk me through the procedure process. She answered all my questions and concerns. She has great bedside manners. I will continue to work with Dr Siddiqui for my dermatology needs and highly recommend her to others. Cheers!”


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