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Photodynamic therapy

Specialist practice for photodynamic therapy in Frankfurt

At our private dermatology practice in Frankfurt-Sachsenhausen, we offer PDT (photodynamic therapy) as a modern option for the effective treatment of basal cell carcinomas, actinic keratoses and related skin lesions.

Find out more about the procedure and benefits of this innovative treatment method here and make an appointment for a personal consultation today.

What is PDT (photodynamic therapy)?

Photodynamic therapy is a state-of-the-art treatment method for combating superficial basal cell carcinomas (white skin cancer) as well as precursors of actinic keratoses or field cancerization of the scalp, décolleté or the back of the hand. It enables the effective treatment of large areas of skin in just one session.

How is photodynamic therapy (PDT) carried out?

An anesthetic cream is applied before the treatment. This is followed by laser treatment with the fractionated Erbium: YAG laser, which is used to make small holes in the skin. The light sensitizer applied afterwards can better penetrate the skin and thus the precancerous lesions.

Irradiation with red light (608nm wavelength) results in a photochemical reaction, in which only the precancerous stages (actinic keratosis), the superficial basal cell carcinoma or other large-area precancerous skin stages are treated.

As no X-rays are used and PDT selectively targets damaged areas of skin, the healthy skin remains unharmed. In addition, we also offer so-called daylight PDT, where daylight is used instead of light treatment with cold red light in the practice.

The treatment can be repeated after 2-3 weeks in order to achieve long-lasting treatment success. After PTD treatment, patients should avoid direct sunlight for two to three days.

PTD treatment is covered by private health insurance and is available as a self-pay service for those with statutory health insurance. The fee is calculated individually on the basis of the official scale of fees (GOÄ)

Specialist practice for photodynamic therapy for skin rejuvenation in Frankfurt

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is one of the most proven procedures in aesthetic dermatology to counteract premature skin ageing.

The targeted use of red light and a light sensitizer stimulates the tissue to produce new collagen. The natural regeneration and reapration processes are stimulated so that the skin rebuilds itself from the inside out and a significant tightening of the tissue is achieved. The skin is visibly rejuvenated in a natural way. The skin appears smoother, firmer and more even.

In addition, light damage that develops over time and leads to unsightly pigmentation disorders of the skin and even precursors of skin cancer can be treated directly.

For which skin areas is PDT used in Frankfurt (Mitte)?

Skin that is exposed to the sun very frequently, briefly and intensively is particularly prone to premature skin ageing. Permanent UV radiation, whether in winter or summer, damages the collagen structures. The skin loses volume, dries out and becomes increasingly saggy. Wrinkles form. It also loses its evenness, as light damage can lead to pigmentation disorders and age spots.

As the face, neck and décolleté area and hands in particular are constantly exposed to UV light and unfortunately often without sun protection, this is where the ageing process first becomes noticeable. In addition, the epidermis is significantly thinner in these areas, making them more susceptible to photodamage.

With the help of photodynamic therapy (PDT) at your dermatologist in Frankfurt, the damaged skin cells are destroyed and replaced by the body with new, fresh cells. The collagen structure is stimulated again. The skin becomes firmer and tighter overall.

How is photodynamic therapy (PDT) used for skin rejuvenation?

An anesthetic cream is applied before the treatment. This is followed by laser treatment with the fractionated Erbium: YAG laser. The light sensitizer is then applied. This is followed by irradiation with red light (608 nm wavelength), which causes a photochemical reaction. The heat and the active ingredients of the light sensitizer destroy the damaged, old skin cells.

In the days following treatment, slight redness, swelling and crusts form, which fall off after about 1-2 weeks. Make sure you use adequate sun protection after the treatment.

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