Procedure

Photodynamic Therapy

Description

Photodynamic therapy is a therapeutic procedure that is used in medicine, especially in dermatology. It is used to treat various skin diseases, especially skin cancer (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma), also in Bowen’s disease, acne rosacea, lichens and aesthetic rejuvenation treatment.

The technique is based on the administration of a photosensitising agent and subsequent stimulation of the area to be treated with light of appropriate wavelength. This induces the formation of free radicals and the destruction of malignant cells. The selectivity of the treatment is based on the greater ability of tumour cells to concentrate the photosensitising substance when compared to healthy cells. Moreover, the application of the light stimulation kills bacteria because it produces reactive forms of oxygen caused by the stimulation of light on the photosensitising agent.
 
Photodynamic therapy in cancer and keratosis provides optimal medical and cosmetic results, effectively removing the affected cells without affecting surrounding healthy cells and without scarring. Photodynamic therapy in rejuvenation stimulates collagen formation and dramatically improves the appearance of the skin. Photodynamic therapy is completed over several sessions.  
 
Source: Xanit International Hospital
 

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Vithas Xanit International Hospital
Avenida de los Argonautas, s/n
Benalmádena
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