PDR uses a special light sensitive cream containing ALA (amino-laevulinic acid). This cream is applied to the skin prior to the IPL treatment, and is absorbed into abnormal skin cells such as those in solar keratoses. Exposure to the IPL light sets off a chain reaction within these cells leading to the destruction of the abnormal cells by the body.
The after-effects of redness, swelling, bronzing and some crusting are usually more pronounced than IPL alone, and time off work may be needed.
We recommend a course of IPL photodynamic treatment in most cases. This allows the full benefits of rejuvenation, as well as the opportunity to treat abnormal areas on successive occasions.
Find out more about the potential Risks and Effects of Photodynamic Rejuvenation.