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 FourwaysParkhurstMorningside, BedfordviewWest Rand, Waterfall and Illovo as well as in Pretoria at Brooklyn and Irene and in the Western Cape at Cape QuarterClaremontConstantiaStellenboschWillowbridgePaarl, and in KwaZulu-Natal at BallitoDurban & 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.

27 Reviews (average: 5 out of 5)

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*Please note results may vary by individuals.
Review -Therapist with in-depth knowledge
Reviewed on 14 June 2022 by Chanel Boshoff

Beverly knew exactly what first time treatment to give my extremely dry, yet acne prone skin. I also purchased some lovely Neostrata skincare products after Beverly shared her indepth knowledge with me. I really appreciate the help that was given in choosing an at home skincare routine. I cannot wait to go back next month.

Review -Great Treatment
Reviewed on 17 November 2018 by Anonymous

Well explained process, great feeling afterwards and amazing treatments.

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.

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 -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 -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 -Very relaxing
Reviewed on 7 September 2018 by Anonymous

Had a few treatments and found it very relaxing.

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