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    Photo Dynamic Therapy PDT at a Glance

    Best Results 8 - 10
    Duration of Results Monthly
    Treatment Recovery 1 day
    Risks & Complications Low
    Anaesthetic None
    Procedure Time 20 - 30 mins
    Skin Specialist Therapist
    Back To Work Same day

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    PDT therapy uses a combination of pure visible Blue, Red and Yellow light to stimulate the deeper skin tissue. It can be had as a stand alone treatment or combined with various other treatments for optimal results and healing properties.

    Frequently Asked Questions

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      Are Photo Dynamic Light PDT treatments available at all Skin Renewal branches ?

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      PDT treatments are available in Johannesburg at Fourways, Parkhurst, Morningside, Bedfordview, West Rand and Illovo as well as in Pretoria at Brooklyn and Irene and in the Western Cape at Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Willowbridge, Paarl and KwaZulu-Natal at Durban & Umhlanga.

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      What is Photo Dynamic Therapy PDT?

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      PDT therapy uses a combination of pure visible Blue, Red and invisible Yellow light to stimulate the deeper skin tissue. Depending on the wavelength, PDT therapy can be used for:

      • PDT Skin rejuvenation with a combination of red and/or yellow light can treat photo aged skin leading to a softening of fine lines and improved skin tone and smoothness.
      • PDT with red and/or yellow lights can also be used for wound healing before and after plastic surgery and ablative laser resurfacing.
      • PDT / ALA Therapy treats precancerous skin lesions such as Actinic Keratosis, Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC) and severe cystic acne. If you have multiple Actinic Keratosis, this treatment can be covered by your insurance.
      • PDT Acne therapy uses alternating blue and red light (or a combination of blue and red = "Magenta") to clear up a problem skin with no pain or downtime.
      • PDT Red therapy can be used post Botox and Dermal Filler procedure to improve the swelling and bruising that can occur post treatment.
      • PDT Red therapy can be used after various peel treatments to reduce inflammation, and improve Skin Rejuvenation.
      • PDT Red therapy can be used for Rosacea / redness to reduce inflammation. A series of treatments is necessary
      • PDT yellow therapy can be used prior to more aggressive laser treatments such as Pearl and Fractional laser as well as deeper peels, i.e. Yellow Peel, to speed up the recovery process.

      For all of the above, a series of treatments (the right light at the right time) is needed for optimum results.

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      How does PDT Skin Rejuvenation work?

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      PDT Rejuvenation works with the body's own natural processes to counteract the effects of ageing. The different lights target specific cells which are responsible for the synthesis and repair of the skin's supportive structures. Consequently, substances are then released that induce fibroblast activity and growth factors. A combination of red and yellow light in specified sequences over a period of 5 weeks softens fine lines, improves skin's softness, smoothness, tone and clarity all with no downtime or pain. All skin types can be treated.

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      How does PDT for Acne Therapy work?

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      Recent phototherapy (light therapy) research using visible blue and red light has proven effective in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Clearance rates have exceeded over 60% in a number of studies, indicating the effectiveness of this treatment.

      If blue light is combined with a red light, stubborn and severe cases of acne can be treated with significantly fewer side effects and most importantly, no downtime or pain. This is a great advantage for acne sufferers. Recent research has shown that blue light therapy works by destroying the bacteria responsible for causing acne. Red light penetrates more deeply into tissue, and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Consequently, substances are then released that induce fibroblast activity and growth factors. This is a positive aspect for sufferers to consider if they have a tendency to scar. Combination phototherapy works through the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature of blue and red light. However, only by delivering the right wavelengths, in proper sequence, can optimum results be seen.

      In a recent study of combination blue/red light phototherapy a marked improvement in lesion counts after the final treatment was seen. There was a noticeable improvement up to 12 weeks after the final treatment session. After a series of eight sessions of alternate blue/red phototherapy (twice weekly treatments) over a four-week period, there was an average reduction of over 80% in acne lesion counts compared to baseline, as well as a marked reduction in sebum production.

      After combination therapy, optimal results are reached after the therapy has ceased. An added benefit is that the results of combination therapy are more durable. There are significantly fewer side effects and importantly no downtime, which is what most acne sufferers' desire. All skin types can be treated.

      Delivering the right wavelength at the right time is crucial and the combination wavelength approach offers an effective and durable treatment that has proven helpful for moderate inflammatory acne. More importantly, blue/red combination therapy offers an option for difficult-to-treat acne cases that have failed through conventional treatments. The Acne 2 in 1 from Mannalabs is recommended for Acne prone patients to assist in treating acne from the inside.

    • 5

      What awards has the Omnilux PhotoTherapeutics won in the international market?

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      In 2007, in the USA, the Aesthetic Trends and Technologies Choice Awards™, nominated the Omnilux PhotoTherapeutics the best non laser device for acne.

    PDT treatments are available in Johannesburg at Fourways, Parkhurst, Morningside, Bedfordview, West Rand and Illovo as well as in Pretoria at Brooklyn and Irene and in the Western Cape at Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Stellenbosch, Willowbridge, Paarl and KwaZulu-Natal at Durban & Umhlanga.

    PDT therapy uses a combination of pure visible Blue, Red and invisible Yellow light to stimulate the deeper skin tissue. Depending on the wavelength, PDT therapy can be used for:

    • PDT Skin rejuvenation with a combination of red and/or yellow light can treat photo aged skin leading to a softening of fine lines and improved skin tone and smoothness.
    • PDT with red and/or yellow lights can also be used for wound healing before and after plastic surgery and ablative laser resurfacing.
    • PDT / ALA Therapy treats precancerous skin lesions such as Actinic Keratosis, Basal Cell Carcinomas (BCC) and severe cystic acne. If you have multiple Actinic Keratosis, this treatment can be covered by your insurance.
    • PDT Acne therapy uses alternating blue and red light (or a combination of blue and red = "Magenta") to clear up a problem skin with no pain or downtime.
    • PDT Red therapy can be used post Botox and Dermal Filler procedure to improve the swelling and bruising that can occur post treatment.
    • PDT Red therapy can be used after various peel treatments to reduce inflammation, and improve Skin Rejuvenation.
    • PDT Red therapy can be used for Rosacea / redness to reduce inflammation. A series of treatments is necessary
    • PDT yellow therapy can be used prior to more aggressive laser treatments such as Pearl and Fractional laser as well as deeper peels, i.e. Yellow Peel, to speed up the recovery process.

    For all of the above, a series of treatments (the right light at the right time) is needed for optimum results.

    PDT Rejuvenation works with the body's own natural processes to counteract the effects of ageing. The different lights target specific cells which are responsible for the synthesis and repair of the skin's supportive structures. Consequently, substances are then released that induce fibroblast activity and growth factors. A combination of red and yellow light in specified sequences over a period of 5 weeks softens fine lines, improves skin's softness, smoothness, tone and clarity all with no downtime or pain. All skin types can be treated.

    Recent phototherapy (light therapy) research using visible blue and red light has proven effective in the treatment of mild to moderate acne. Clearance rates have exceeded over 60% in a number of studies, indicating the effectiveness of this treatment.

    If blue light is combined with a red light, stubborn and severe cases of acne can be treated with significantly fewer side effects and most importantly, no downtime or pain. This is a great advantage for acne sufferers. Recent research has shown that blue light therapy works by destroying the bacteria responsible for causing acne. Red light penetrates more deeply into tissue, and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Consequently, substances are then released that induce fibroblast activity and growth factors. This is a positive aspect for sufferers to consider if they have a tendency to scar. Combination phototherapy works through the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory nature of blue and red light. However, only by delivering the right wavelengths, in proper sequence, can optimum results be seen.

    In a recent study of combination blue/red light phototherapy a marked improvement in lesion counts after the final treatment was seen. There was a noticeable improvement up to 12 weeks after the final treatment session. After a series of eight sessions of alternate blue/red phototherapy (twice weekly treatments) over a four-week period, there was an average reduction of over 80% in acne lesion counts compared to baseline, as well as a marked reduction in sebum production.

    After combination therapy, optimal results are reached after the therapy has ceased. An added benefit is that the results of combination therapy are more durable. There are significantly fewer side effects and importantly no downtime, which is what most acne sufferers' desire. All skin types can be treated.

    Delivering the right wavelength at the right time is crucial and the combination wavelength approach offers an effective and durable treatment that has proven helpful for moderate inflammatory acne. More importantly, blue/red combination therapy offers an option for difficult-to-treat acne cases that have failed through conventional treatments. The Acne 2 in 1 from Mannalabs is recommended for Acne prone patients to assist in treating acne from the inside.

    In 2007, in the USA, the Aesthetic Trends and Technologies Choice Awards™, nominated the Omnilux PhotoTherapeutics the best non laser device for acne.

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    Review -"Best Experience"
    5
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    I always have great experience with Bernice. Always professional and offer excellent service. Will definitely recommend her.

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    Review -"Professional and Calm service"
    5
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    Bernice has done now four treatments for me- so professional and calm, lovely manner, but thorough and explains everything as she does it. Highly recommended. Skin Renewal is a professional, clean and calm experience generally.

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    Review -"Incredible Glycolic peel with PDT"
    5
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    After my treatments with Bernice my skin was literally "glowing". Her professional advice, manner and recommendations in terms of other treatments were fabulous. I cannot wait to come back for my next treatment.

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    Review -"Deep Cleanse"
    5
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    The message was the best I've ever had. Stunning. Thank you so much.

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    Sharon was awesome - her message was to die for. I loved the facial overall it was a stunning experience and I'd definitely love another one. The message was the best I've ever had. Stunning. Thank you so much.

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    Review -"Pregnancy Acne"
    5
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    I have been struggling with hormonal acne since my pregnancy. Luckily I started going to Skin Renewal for facials followed by PDT and it has made a massive difference, don't know what I would have done without them. I can't recommend Skin Renewal enough. Nobody can compete with their service and treatments.

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    Review -"Helette at Willowbridge!"
    5
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    Helette and all the consultants are always very helpful and knowledgeable.

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    Always excellent service and treatments, Helette and all the consultants are always very helpful and knowledgeable.

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    Review -"PDT Facial"
    5
    Reviewed on by

    Brilliant afterglow and very relaxing treatment. Highly recommend this salon.

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    Review -"Eczema almost healed!"
    5
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    Maureen and a few weeks on a functional course of products, and everything was cleared up!! No more itching, horrible sores on my face, arms and legs. Thank you so much!

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    After suffering with Eczema for 42 years it took one discussion with Maureen and a few weeks on a functional course of products, and everything was cleared up!! No more itching, horrible sores on my face, arms and legs. Thank you so much!

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    Review -"Attention to detail!"
    5
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    Bernice's attention to detail, inclusive information and gentle approach makes for a relaxing and enjoyable experience each and every time I visit Skin Renewal Stellenbosch. I've been extremely happy with her product choice and selection as my skin is looking the best is has in years! Thank you Bernice!

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    Bernice's attention to detail, inclusive information and gentle approach makes for a relaxing and enjoyable experience each and every time I visit Skin Renewal Stellenbosch. I've been extremely happy with her product choice and selection as my skin is looking the best is has in years! Thank you Bernice!

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    Review -"Turning back time!"
    4
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    Unfortunately one cannot undo years of damage in a day, yet with the help of professionals is it possible to regain and repair what you once had and lost. To Skin Renewal Stellenbosch and my therapist Jana, it is great to get what you expect for a change. Thank you & Well done!

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    Review -"Love my time spent at Constantia"
    5
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    Constantia has amazing therapists, they are the best I've ever had: extremely professional and knowledgeable. I always love my time spent at Skin Renewal Constantia. They know exactly how to make a woman feel great about their skin. She, and the treatments, deliver amazing results.

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    Review -"Love this branch and all they have done for me!"
    5
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    Angie is extremely gentle and very attentive, always suggesting other ways to help improve the condition of my skin. The treatments are incredibly effective and my skin has improved considerably.

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    Review -"Werklik Uitstekende Diens"
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    Tammy lewer werklik uitstekende diens. Ek weet ek kan haar raad vra vir enige iets, en indien sy nie dadelik 'n antwoord vir my het nie sal sy altyd gaan uitvind. Sy laat my baie op my gemak voel en ek sien altyd uit na my behandelings by haar. Sy is voorwaar 'n aanwins vir Skin Renewal.

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    Review -"Bekwame hande"
    5
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    Ek het dit baie waardeer dat my behandlings gelyktydig, maar tog baie professioneel gedoen is. Ek voel veilig in Tammy se bekwame hande en daar word aandag aan al my wel se behoeftes gegee. Dankie!

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