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Post Photodynamic Therapy Instructions      Back to prior page



  • You are to go directly home after treatment

  • Once home take a shower or wash treated areas with mild soap or cleanser (Dove, Oil of Olay, Cetaphil, CeraVe, or Vanicream).

  • NO SUN exposure what so ever for 48 hours/ 2 days. This includes no walking to the mailbox, going out to the store, sitting in front of windows, etc.  The Levulan can be re-activated by the smallest amount of UV exposure for 48 hours.

  • Be aware flourescent lights can also cause irritation after treatment with Levulan

  • You may start to apply moisturizer/make up immediately if desired

  • Be aware products containing retinol, Retin-A, Tretinoin, Vit C, or Glycolic Acid may burn/sting but does not have to be avoided

  • You may experience the following after your PDT treatment:

    • Burning/Stinging which could be severe and may last up to 24 hours

      • You may take extra strength Tylenol or Advil for discomfort

    • Redness and swelling which may last up to 4 weeks after treatment

      • You may use ice packs/frozen peas 10 minutes on 10 minutes off for swelling.  Make sure to wrap ice packs or peas with a hand towel or paper towel prior to applying to skin surface.

    • Scaling/crusting which may last up to 4 weeks after your treatment 

      • You may apply a mild moisturizer such as Cetaphil, CeraVe, or Vanicream

    • Either lightening of the skin (hypopigmentation) or darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation)

      • Make sure to apply SUNSCREEN or wear sun protective gear diligently for a minimum of 1 month following treatment. Sunscreen should be applied 20 minutes prior to sun exposure and re-applied every 2 hours 



Please contact the office if you have any questions or concerns.



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