Photo Dynamic Therapy PDT

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

Skin Renewal Tip

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

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.

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

26 Reviews (average: 5 out of 5)

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*Please note results may vary by individuals.
Review -Werklik Uitstekende Diens
Reviewed on 9 September 2014 by Anonymous

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.

Review -Bekwame hande
Reviewed on 17 August 2014 by Anonymous

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!

Review -Love my time spent at Constantia
Reviewed on 30 October 2014 by Anansa Pillay

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.

Review -Turning back time!
Reviewed on 6 November 2014 by Anonymous

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!

Review -Attention to detail!
Reviewed on 13 December 2014 by Leigh Thomas

My therapist'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!

Review -Great Treatment
Reviewed on 17 November 2018 by Anonymous

Well explained process, great feeling afterwards and amazing treatments.

Review -Love this branch and all they have done for me!
Reviewed on 14 September 2014 by Kimberley Bishop

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.

Review -Friendly and Professional
Reviewed on 6 April 2018 by Anonymous

Very friendly and professional.

Review -PDT Facial
Reviewed on 3 July 2015 by D.O From Umhlanga

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

Review -Eczema almost healed!
Reviewed on 19 May 2015 by Joanne Staniforth

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!

Review -Helette at Willowbridge!
Reviewed on 24 December 2015 by Cookie Pillay

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

Review -Pregnancy Acne
Reviewed on 11 April 2018 by Anonymous

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.

Review -Deep Cleanse
Reviewed on 29 June 2018 by Anonymous

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.

Review -Facial Treatments
Reviewed on 13 July 2018 by Anonymous

Ever since I had facial treatments here, my skin has shown a tremendous improvement. Dr Nadirah has been taking me step by step. She is a very patient soul. Always gives helpful advice. All the ladies here are very helpful. I enjoy coming here.

Review -Beautiful Morningside
Reviewed on 13 July 2018 by Anonymous

Always enjoy my visit at the new Monringside branch. The staff is always very welcoming and extremely helpful.

Review -Incredible Glycolic peel with PDT
Reviewed on 20 August 2018 by Anonymous

After my treatments at Skin Renewal my skin was literally "glowing". Their professional advice, manner and recommendations in terms of other treatments were fabulous. I cannot wait to come back for my next treatment.

Review -Professional and Calm service
Reviewed on 28 August 2018 by Anonymous

My therapist 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.

Review -What a wonderful treatment
Reviewed on 27 August 2018 by Anonymous

Esther gave the most wonderful treatment for me at Fourways. Her hands were so gentle and thorough, yet so strong and healing. I would recommend her treatments any day. Thank you Esther you are an absolute fabulous and fantastic therapist.

Review -Very relaxing
Reviewed on 7 September 2018 by Anonymous

Had a few treatments and found it very relaxing.

Review -Best Experience
Reviewed on 27 October 2018 by Anonymous

I always have great experience with my therapist. Always professional and offer excellent service. Will definitely recommend her.

Review -Suitable for any budget
Reviewed on 22 October 2018 by Anonymous

Noxy was very professional from the time I enquired via email. She responded quickly and promptly. She followed up to confirm the appointment. My consultation was handled professionally, all the treatments was clear explained to me. I loved that I was allowed to choose the treatments suitable for my budget. Noxy handled evertyhing swiftly and professionaly. She's also very welcoming and polite.

Review -Positive about treatments
Reviewed on 17 October 2018 by Anonymous

Dr Jessica was very knowledgeable and good-natured. I've received a positve consultation and all questions answered. Noxy was also a gem super friendly and assisted the doctor well.

Review -Thank you Irene
Reviewed on 10 November 2018 by Anonymous

I had a procedure done to remove my skin tags/DPN’s on the 10th of November 2018. The therapist was Anouska Busby. I would sincerely, from the bottom of my heart like to extend my gratitude to Skin Renewal Irene. The procedure was painful but Anouska did a great job calming me and talking to me through it. I really appreciate it. I have healed beautifully since then and I’m so happy with the end results. I will definitely recommend this clinic for all your skin/ beauty needs. I can’t thank Anouska enough!

Review -Amazing relaxing experience
Reviewed on 3 November 2018 by Anonymous

Thank you so much, Esther, it was an amazing experience. You are a great therapist. The facility is beautiful. I had a very relaxing experience.

Review -Amazing treatment from Helen
Reviewed on 14 November 2018 by Anonymous

Helen is the best, she understands what I want and need, and she gives the best advice. All her treatments that she has performed on me works so well with my skin and is always done in such a relaxing enviroment.

Review -What more could a girl want
Reviewed on 16 November 2018 by Anonymous

I really don't know what to say, and how to thank Helen and Dr Maureen for the most unforgettable experience. Coming all the way from Sub-Saharan Africa, (Zimbabwe). This treatment is exactly what the doctor ordered! With all the stress of living in Zimbabwe, this is what I needed. Feel the fear and do it anyway! The Renewal Institute is an absolute must for any girl. Thank you.

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