Photodynamic Therapy

Professional photodynamic therapy treatments from expert Harley Street dermatologists.

What is Photodynamic Therapy?

Photodynamic therapy (or PDT) is a method of treating various types of skin cancer and precancerous lesions such as basal cell carcinoma as well as areas of sun damaged skin that could become cancerous in the future. During PDT treatment, a cream is applied to the area that is to be treated. A special light or daylight is then used to activate the cream.

If you’re looking for photodynamic therapy treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us and book a consultation with our dermatologists to discuss your options.

How does PDT Work?

Photodynamic therapy works by killing any abnormal skin cells that are present in the affected area. The cream used in PDT contains a chemical that, when applied to the affected skin, becomes light sensitive. This chemical is known as “photosensitiser” and activates when exposed to visible light such as daylight or the blue/red light used in the clinic.

Once activated, the photosensitiser causes the skin to become inflamed and, once the inflammation has cleared, the affected skin will have either been cured or seen improvement. It is important to note that only areas of skin that are exposed to, both, light and the PDT cream will be treated.

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What Can PDT Be Used to Treat?

PDT can be an effective treatment for range of skin conditions including:

  • Some types of basal cell carcinomas.
  • Bowen disease.
  • Actinic keratoses.
  • Occasionally used to treat acne or viral warts where other treatments have been unsuccessful.

Who Can Have Photodynamic Therapy?

If PDT can be an effective treatment for a wide variety of skin conditions. However, there are certain exceptions where it is not recommended. Some reasons that could prevent you from receiving PDT are:

  • If you are pregnant.
  • If you have any allergies, such as a peanut allergy, as the cream may contain allergens.
  • If you have porphyria as your body will be producing the same photosensitiser as the PDT cream.

Why choose Skin Inspection for PDT Treatments?

Located on Harley Street in London, our expert dermatologists have a wealth of knowledge and experience at their disposal to help provide quick and effective PDT treatments for our patients.

We use the latest technology to inform and provide nothing but the best treatments, working with our patients to develop the most effective outcome.

What Our Patients Say

“Dr. Cristina is wonderful and extremely knowledgeable. I intend on coming back each year for my annual mole check. I couldn’t recommend Skin Inspection highly enough! Thank you again.”

“Excellent Doctor! Brilliant advice and service. Always available when you need her. In all the consultations I have had, she has always made me feel at ease. She helped me regain my confidence back as my skin looks great after years of struggling with acne. Can’t recommend her enough!”

“I was very impressed with the actual operation – both the doctor and nurse were very friendly and professional, made me feel comfortable

“I went for a second opinion after visiting a less specialised mole centre in the City. I am so glad that I was recommended Skin Inspection by my GP because the initial diagnosis that I was given was completely wrong and would have left me a horrible scar on my nose.”

“Dr. Cristina Rodriguez-Garcia is one of the best professionals in her field. I highly recommend this clinic. She listened to my concerns and acted swiftly in my best individual interests”

“Dr Anton is very knowledgeable and friendly. Her care, professionalism and compassion has been outstanding throughout my treatment. I highly recommend her! She always takes time to answer all my questions and I feel safe in her capable hands.”

Our other dermatology services

Mole Check

We will carry out a thorough examination for early signs of skin cancer to give you clarity and peace of mind.

Mole Mapping

The highest quality mole mapping, personally performed by a consultant dermatologist with special interest in skin cancer examination.

Mole Removal

We provide ultra-modern mole removal, which will be analysed by a histopathologist and the consultant dermatologist.

Acne Treatments

We can offer different treatment options depending on each patient’s clinical history, personal circumstances and acne type.

Rosacea Treatments

Rosacea is a skin condition that can cause redness and bumps on the face which can also involve the eyes.

Psoriasis Treatments

If you’re suffering from psoriasis, don’t hesitate to contact us and book a consultation with our dermatologists to discuss your treatment options.

Cyst Removal

In many cases, cysts are benign and harmless. However, it can often be difficult to determine whether a lump is a cyst or something that requires treatment.

Eczema Treatments

There is no known cure for eczema. However, there are treatments to keep it under control and the symptoms can be treated to lessen the discomfort that patient experiences.

Wart & Verrucae Removal

An individual may opt for wart removal for various reasons, such as aesthetic concerns, alleviating discomfort, or preventing further spread.

Skin Lump Removal

Skin lumps refer to any abnormally raised areas of skin and can appear anywhere on the body. These lumps could be hard and rigid or in some cases they are soft and can be moved.

Sun Damage Treatment

Sun damage is caused by rays emitted from the sun. Sun damage can appear as anything from sunburn to broken capillaries or even age spots and wrinkles.