Photodynamic therapy, or PDT, is a three-step treatment used to treat mild or serious conditions of the skin through the use of a photo-sensitizing medication and a light source to activate it. PDT destroys abnormal cells that cause actinic keratosis, a precancerous condition or to treat certain forms of skin cancer. It may also be used to minimize pores and reduce oil glands in order to treat acne and rosacea, and is sometimes helpful in minimizing the appearance of scar tissue as well.
In addition to destroying cancer cells by forcing their interaction with oxygen, there is evidence that photodynamic therapy is able to damage the blood vessels within tumors and to activate the patient's immune system to attack malignant cells. Several photodynamic therapy treatments may be required and this variety of therapy may be used alone or in combination with other treatments for cancer, such as surgery, radiation therapy or chemotherapy.
Omnilux™ Light Therapy
Omnilux is a new technology based on narrowband Light emitting Diodes (LEDs). Their range of products includes Omnilux blue™, Omnilux revive2™, and Omnilux plus™, for treating a wide range of dermatological conditions including acne and wrinkle reduction.
Ear Lobe Repair
The auricle (outside) of the ear is composed entirely of soft tissue. The more rigid areas consist of only skin covering cartilage with a minor amount of connective tissue between the two, while the ear lobe itself is just a fatty tissue deposit at the bottom of the auricle. These are fragile structures that are very susceptible to damage, especially after being pierced; large and heavy pieces of ear jewelry will only exacerbate the weakness of the ear lobe. Luckily, because there is no cartilage in the actual ear lobes, they can generally be repaired with successful results and minimal risk of deformity.
Ear piercings should only be performed by a properly trained and licensed person using a new, sterile needle. Having the ears pierced is a very common procedure, but poor after-care can lead to infections that may have permanent effects on the health and appearance of the ears. The most important part of caring for newly pierced ears is keeping the piercing clean. The ear lobe can become infected if the area is exposed to bacteria.
Hyperhidrosis is a condition that causes excessive sweating on the hands, feet, and armpits. The exact cause of this condition is unknown, although it often runs in families and begins during childhood.
Patients with hyperhidrosis may sweat all over their body or in certain areas. Their skin may become white and wrinkled or red and irritated as a result of the constant moisture, and it may develop an odor as well. Living with hyperhidrosis often causes patients to feel embarrassed, awkward and self-conscious, especially during social situations.
Treatment for hyperhidrosis depends on the severity of the condition, but may include prescription-strength antiperspirant or medication to help control sweating or stop the stimulation of the sweat glands. Botox® injections in the armpits block the nerves that cause sweating and can effectively treat hyperhidrosis for up to six months after injections.