Dermatology Hawke’s Bay is a provider of the latest photodynamic therapy (PDT) technology . The clinically-approved, German-engineered MultiLite technology enables a much less painful treatment of sun spots (actinic keratoses) and some superficial skin cancers, with excellent cosmetic results.

“Our new MultiLite PDT technology offers a much gentler treatment for patients compared to traditional PDT, whilst still delivering excellent cosmetic results.”

Dr Juber Hafiji

Specialist Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon

Photodynamic therapy FAQs:

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) uses oxygen, light, combined with Aminolevulinic acid crystals, to create a controlled chemical reaction that destroys abnormal cells. 

PDT can be used to treat sun spots (actinic keratoses), some pre-cancerous growths and superficial skin cancersIt can also treat a variety of skin conditions such as acne and can be used for cosmetic rejuvenation. 

Traditional PDT devices, whilst very effective, are very painful. Older technologies have one red light, immediately penetrating deep into the skin, causing a high level of patient discomfortThe new German-engineered MultiLite technology provides a ‘stepping through’ of three lights in phases: blue light (short depth), yellow light (medium depth), red light (long depth). This technology offers a much more comfortable treatment process for the patient. 

PDT offers many benefits when compared with alternative treatmentsIt is an outpatient procedure and can be repeated if necessaryPDT can be used as an alternative to cryosurgery, which can be painful and result in permanent white marksPDT can also be used as an alternative to topical immunotherapy, which has to be self-administered over a number of weeks.  PDT therefore is widely regarded as a more cosmetically acceptable treatment.  

The treatment time will depend upon how many sites are being treated.  Usually, 1 hour 30 minutes is required to treat one area of the body.

This will depend upon the medical issue being treatedYour treatment plan will be tailored to your specific medical needs. 

PDT treatment costs vary depending on your requirementsOur team will be happy to provide more information. 

Worried about changes to your skin?

Dermatology Hawke’s Bay offers a comprehensive skin check service. The earlier skin cancer is detected and treated, the more effective the treatment will be.