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Sun damage is a major precursor to skin cancer and the presence of scaly sun damage dramatically increases your chance of developing skin cancer in that area. Treatment is highly recommended to reduce your risk.
Topical sun damage field treatments are an effective way to treat sun damaged skin on large areas like the face, scalp, hands, décolletage, and legs. Field treatments not only reduce your risk of developing skin cancer in the future but also improve the quality and appearance of the skin overall.
The sun irreversibly damages and prematurely ages our skin. Evidence of those hours in the sun later show up on our face, chest, neck, and arms. The signs appear as rough scaly patches, broken capillaries, wrinkles, sagging skin, freckles, uneven pigmentation, and dark spots. Sometimes they show up as precancerous lesions or skin cancer.
Precancerous sunspots appear as scaly raised skin spots. Although you can scratch off the scale – often revealing a pink or red flat spot underneath – this will start to grow back in a matter of days. The presence of scaly, sun damaged skin significantly increases your likelihood of developing skin cancer in the same area. This is because your skin’s natural healing properties have already been compromised and are therefore less effective in fighting off more malicious attacks.
Treating sun damage helps to recharge your skin’s defences and ward off skin cancer. Furthermore, many people can feel self-conscious about the scaly appearance of their sun damaged skin, so treatment that removes that roughness may give you a welcome confidence boost.
Photodynamic therapy before and after
Topical sun damage field treatments are safe and effective in treating large areas of skin with certain superficial and precancerous lesions, helping to treat skin cancers without surgery.
Photodynamic therapy (PDT)
A topical medicated cream is applied to your skin and activated by a specialised light source. This destroys cancerous, precancerous, and sun-damaged cells while healthy cells remain intact, promoting promotes smoother, clearer and healthier skin in a few days. PDT is an effective, safe and long-lasting skin cancer treatment for certain superficial and precancerous lesions as recommended by your doctor and can further reduce your risk of developing non-melanoma skin cancers in the treatment area for patients with a history of basal and squamous cell carcinomas.
Photodynamic rejuvenation for cancer provides excellent cosmetic results for those who have heavily sun-damaged or sun-aged skin. It also calms acne and rosacea.
Rapid solar repair therapy
Rapid solar repair therapy is a combination cream treatment which has been shown in rigorous research trials to be a highly effective treatment for solar keratoses (sun spots) and to substantially reduce the future development of squamous cell carcinomas. The treatment is suitable for the scalp, face, chest, arms and legs. It specifically targets precancerous cells and sun damaged skin, causing a skin reaction, but has limited effect on normal skin. Generally, skin with more sun damage will have a more intense reaction. Rapid solar repair therapy is a non-surgical skin cancer treatment that results in healthier, smoother skin with a reduced risk of skin cancers in the future.
During your initial consultation with the doctor, you will receive a treatment pack which may include a pre-treatment cream to prepare your skin for 1-2 weeks prior to the start of the rapid solar repair therapy. The doctor will then prepare your skin in-clinic and apply the first dose of the cream. At home, you will continue to apply the cream for 4-6 days and send photos each day. You will see the doctor after 2 and 8 weeks to assess your response and consider the need for further treatment. It is very important that you use strict sun protection / avoid the sun for a week, and then use SPF50 sunscreen daily for life once healed.
Topical sun damage repair is a non-surgical treatment option for skin cancers, precancerous lesions, sun-damaged skin, acne, rosacea and more, that achieves effective and safe results without scarring or the long downtime typically associated with surgical therapies.
Studies confirm that topical sun damage repair treatments substantially reduce the future development of squamous cell carcinomas in the treated area, thereby reducing your skin cancer risk.
Since topical sun damage treatments specifically target damaged skin cells, healthy cells are left intact to reveal bright, smooth and healthy skin in just a few days.
A versatile treatment for damaged skin, these topical therapies are ideal for acne, rosacea, ageing, and other skin conditions like general sun damage.
You may be advised to book a standard red LED light therapy treatment 2-3 days prior to your PDT treatment to help stimulate the healing mechanism of the skin.
Close windows, blinds and skylights before leaving your house for your treatment as you will become very light-sensitive after the treatment.
Inform your doctor of any significant medical history and provide a complete list of medications as some may interfere with PDT.
A history of cold sores is very important to mention to your doctor, but does not mean you cannot have PDT. An antiviral treatment can be commended before your treatment.
Prepare to stay in the centre for 2-3 hours as you must not go outside during the treatment. You may undergo a light microdermabrasion treatment if your treatment area is the face. The incubation time for the 5 ALA cream varies from patient to patient. Once the cream is washed off, the LED light therapy will take 10-20 minutes.
There is a degree of discomfort involved. The red LED lights are bright and hot; the skin undergoes the equivalent of a burn. Soothing gels will be applied after your treatment and further cream will be supplied to assist with comfort and healing at home.
There have not been any reported serious side effects of PDT, however it can be an uncomfortable experience and the degrees of reaction can vary. You must carry out a good hygiene approach after leaving the centre to avoid infection. Wash your hands regularly, do not pick at the skin, and stay away from dirty environments.
Your post-treatment downtime will vary depending on the nature of your work and whether you work indoors or outdoors. As a guide, a minimum of 1-2 weeks downtime is recommended following PDT treatment. Shorter periods of downtime can be expected with a milder treatment approach.
Immediately after your PDT treatment, you will feel light-sensitive. You should remain indoors as much as possible. Avoid sunlit windows and bright indoor lights. If you must go outside for very brief periods, wear a broad-brimmed hat and SPF50+ sunscreen once your skin can tolerate it.
Days 1-2: Extreme light-sensitivity. Stay indoors.
Says 3-5: Red and tender skin which may start to peel, scab and flake off. This means the treatment has worked well.
Days 6-9: Redness starts to ease. Skin may be itchy, tight and uncomfortable.
Days 10-14: Smooth, healthy skin begins to form. Pink glow should fade over ensuing weeks.
Avoid UV exposure for one week and wear protective clothing, a broad-brimmed hat and dark sunglasses. Wear SPF50+ sunscreen all year-round.
Do not use exfoliation treatments on the treated area. Only use the creams supplied.
Do not wear make-up while your skin is healing.
Commence your regular skincare routine 2-4 weeks after your PDT treatment, with exfoliants, microneedling, antioxidants and moisturiser.
Common side effects include:
Uncommon/rare* side effects include:
At this stage Medicare does not cover rapid solar repair treatments. You will be bulk billed for your consultation/s with the treating doctor. Your out-of-pocket cost for the cream and expert care provided at the centre is $200 per treatment area.
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