Pdt/ Levulan Therapy/ Red Light My Experiencepdt levulan red light
Posted 27 June 2012 - 08:36 PM
I had my first treatment two days ago. I went under the red light for a little over 15 minutes. It was very hot and uncomfortable and afterwards I felt a bit of burning and it felt as though my face was swelling (all of which I have been told is normal). I have to avoid all contact with the sun for two and half days after the treatment because the UV rays will reactivate the burning sensation and slow the healing process. I have worn a bandana and hat every time I had to drive somewhere.
The day of the procedure my face was very very red and started to swell some. I woke up once during the night from the heat/burning sensation still continuing. Yesterday on day two my face was pretty swollen, mostly on my cheeks but the burning had stopped. I began to see acne/like, crusty white areas forming where my face had the largest acne buildup under the skin (which is pretty gross). This is supposedly my body combating the oil glands and trying to set my skin back to normal. On day three (today) these oily white areas are still pretty gross and increasing but also starting to dry out. I have been applying moisturizer non-stop to deal with how uncomfortable my face feels but overall trying not to touch it or pick at the dry spots. I called my dermatologist today and they said this was all normal activity and that after the amount of red light I was exposed to it would take from 4-6 days to recover but the worst would be the first two days after.
I will keep posting about my experience and have another appointment scheduled for three weeks from now. I really do feel like this is helping as uncomfortable as it is. It has been the most informative and overall helpful experience I have ever had with a dermatologist. The office and especially the assistant who did my treatment has been available for questions throughout it all and seems very optimistic and understanding. The worst part about it is my life cannot stop for these treatments and I have been going to my summer school classes with a bandana around my face. I also can't run or do strenuous exercise because it will flush my face too much and slow the healing process.
Sorry for the long post! I want to be informative and I hope I can be helpful and can answer questions from anyone who has them.
Posted 28 June 2012 - 08:43 PM
Has anyone else had a similar healing experience to this? It seems harsher than most.
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 05:22 PM
Also i have some cystic acne on my cheeks and near my chin now but the rest of my face looks pretty good and I haven't had any new breakouts since the procedure. \
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 07:20 PM
I too was trying to avoid Accutane. I finally learned about PDT (wish I would have heard of it sooner) and I had Metvix red light PDT done. It has worked really well so far, I saw a huge improvement after my first treatment. My first time was quite painful (felt like my face was on a burner, lol). It was not so bad after that though, I wouldn't even say that it was uncomfortable. I had a lot of active acne, the first time, which may have contributed to the more intense burning. I, unfortunately, did not see any improvement on my scars. I was not aware that PDT could help with scarring. Are you talking about hyperpigmentation or actual indented scars?
I hope that you continue to improve!
Edited by motoxbmx, 10 July 2012 - 07:48 PM.
Posted 17 July 2012 - 04:24 PM
There did seem a considerable difference in my acne after the first time. I just got my second one yesterday. It hurt like hell and burned a lot more than the first one but i have been icing constantly and have gotten a prescription for vicoden as well as a topical to heal the outside faster. So far there has been less swelling and it is considerably less uncomfortable also i havent had any crusting so far (very unlike last time). I dont know if this could be a result of the fact that the first treatment was actually very effective and I had less oil built up under the skin. Also my dermatologist said that higher pain during the second treatment could have been due to stress levels as i had had a very stressful day before the procedure.
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Posted 26 March 2013 - 10:57 AM
I just stopped wearing makeup for the first time in seven years. This is incredible and I have never felt better about the way I look. I still get small breakouts from stress and around my period but its nothing big and I can actually spot treat them now with a topical salicylic acid gel. I dont take any medication anymore besides birth control and only wash my face with a gentle cleanser at night and just water in the morning. Seriously this red light treatment, as painful and awful as it was, was totally worth it. I think it really was the thing that allowed me to reset the way that I treated my face and reset my tolerance to topical creams that dried me out so horribly and never hepled in the long run. For people who have suffered for years I seriously recommend trying it. i have a great recommendation for an doctor in denver if you want to send me a personal message about it.
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