In PDT (Photodynamic Therapy) a special factor (gel) is used that sensitizes the skin to the effects of light. After applying a certain length of light for a certain time, repair processes and regulation of the inflammatory process in the skin are activated. The PDT method provides broad therapeutic possibilities in medicine. It is increasingly used in the treatment of dermatological diseases (e.g., acne) and skin cancers. It also shows great effectiveness — with high tolerance and safety — as a method supporting the fight against alopecia and hair loss in women and men.
What does the procedure entail?
The LED light used in the dynamic phototherapy treatment reaches the mitochondria (so-called cell energy centers), stimulating the regenerative and immune processes in the skin and improving microcirculation, the blood supply, and oxygenation of the hair follicles. It also has anti-inflammatory effects. By applying the special gel, these processes are intensified. Dynamic phototherapy consists of two stages:
- Stage 1: photosensitization — A special photosensitizing gel is applied to the areas affected by baldness and covered with foil, creating an occlusive dressing. This is left for about 1–2 hours.
- Stage 2: Irradiating the scalp with an LED lamp causes an allergic reaction that stimulates the repair processes of the skin. Exposure usually lasts about 10–15 minutes.
The procedure is practically painless, although the patient may feel a slight burning sensation. For optimal results, the procedure is repeated several times at intervals of 2–4 weeks.
PDT is recommended in combined therapies as a method supporting other ways of treating alopecia and excessive hair loss in women and men.
The skin may be slightly swollen, red, and tender; however, these symptoms disappear quickly.
Regularly used dynamic phototherapy
- inhibits hair loss
- revitalizes hair follicles, thanks to which hair regrowth is strong and healthy
- improves hair structure
- thickens hair
- accelerates hair growth
- inhibits scalp inflammation, also has antibacterial and antifungal properties
Dynamic phototherapy can be used to treat
- androgenetic alopecia
- alopecia areata
- seasonal hair loss
- hair loss due to stress, use of hormone therapies, etc.
- weak hair that requires strengthening and thickening
- A safe and well tolerated treatment
- Combined with other therapies, it improves the effectiveness of baldness treatments.
- Decent price
- The additional anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal effect “calms down” and heals the skin.
The most common contraindications for surgery are
- pregnancy or breast-feeding
- use of photosensitizing drugs
- allergy to light
photodynamic therapy (with photosensitizing factor), 30 min
photodynamic therapy (with photosensitizing factor), 30 min – for the procedure