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Photodynamic therapy - cost, vs accutane, number of treatments needed

[2010-09-03 11:20:43 - Abby from Broomall]: Hi, I am 27 and suffered from acne since I was 15 with periods of excaperations and improvements with meds, but it has always seemed to be an underlying issue for me. Right now I would say that I have moderate acne, but every breakout I get seems to scar or leave a telltale red discoloration that lasts months! I have researched Photodynamic therapy and it seems like it could be a solution to my battle, except for the cost. My first questions is the cost, and if you offer packages? Does it remove the old acne marks? Does it really work as well as accutane?
[2010-09-07 08:42:40 - admin]: Photodynamic therapy is used for severe acne when isotretinoin/Accutane is not an option, either for personal reasons or because of rare side effects. On average 4-6 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart are needed to achieve clearing of the acne. According to the data we have available at this time, photodynamic therapy can achieve almost the same results as isotretinoin/Accutane in regards to clearing the acne. Both treatments work well on removing fresh scars or discoloration however photodynamic therapy works better at remodeling old scars. We charge $450 per treatment. Franziska Ringpfeil, MD
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