Blue Light Therapy

Living on the coast and being exposed to the sun accelerates the aging process. You may see wrinkles; spots and sensitivities increase at the end of each summer season. We encourage you to set back the clock at the Summit.

Blue light therapy or photodynamic therapy is a safe and non-invasive way to treat precancerous lesions and sun damage. It can also help improve the skin’s overall appearance, tone, color and texture. In most cases, this treatment is covered by insurance.

How does Blue Light work?
A photosensitizing solution is applied to the targeted area and is absorbed by the rough or sun damaged area with the precancerous lesions. After the incubation period that ranges from minutes to hours depending on your skin condition, the photosensitizing agent is exposed to a special blue light that activates the solution. The solution breaks down the sun damage in the area leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected.
What do I need to do before my blue light treatment?

You will be given specific blue light instructions at your dermatology visit. However, it is important to remember that you will need to stay out of the sun during this treatment and subsequent healing period. Because of the photosensitizing agent, you cannot have any sun exposure during the first 48 hours after treatment. After that time, you should use an SPF 45 to protect your skin.
What should I expect during my blue light treatment?

The blue light treatment is performed in our Supply office as an outpatient visit. The area to be treated will be cleansed and the photosensitizing solution applied. The solution will absorb into your skin during an incubation time that varies depending on the amount of sun damage. After incubation, the treatment area will be exposed to a blue light. Most patients experience a warming sensation during the initial exposure that fades. Your skin will appear to have sunburned appearance for about two weeks after your treatment. It is common to have peeling, flaking and tenderness up for up to two weeks while the skin is repairing. The number of treatments required will vary with the amount of sun damage. This treatment can be used on the face as well as the body. Our dermatology providers will assess your condition and create a treatment plan specifically for you. Call our office to set the clock back on sun damage.

What Can I Expect After My Procedure?

Expect to have possible redness, swelling and tenderness in the treated area. You may have bruising. Your skins reaction will depend on the sensitivity of your skin and the severity of your existing sun damage. Remember to stay inside and away from sunlight and bright light for 48 hours. The treated area might “crust” or “flake”. This will most likely resolve in a 7-10 period but expect your skin to be sensitive for up to 2 weeks. Stay out of the sun for 6 weeks. Diligently apply a physical sunblock to the treated area regardless of the time of year or if it overcast. Avoid excessive heat from saunas, steam rooms, hot showers or baths. Make sure you follow up with your provider after treatment. This is an amazingly effective treatment for sun damage.

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Meet Dr. Edward Ricciardelli

Dr. Edward Ricciardelli is one of the most highly trained plastic surgeons in the country. He is the only plastic surgeon in the area who is board certified in both head, neck, and facial surgery and plastic surgery.  He has been performing facial surgery for over 29 years.  During that time he has taught and trained other plastic and facial surgeons, lectured around the country, given courses on facial surgery, and cared for thousands of surgical patients. Read more…