What is Levulan Kerastick?
Levulan Kerastick is a special treatment using aminolevulinic acid and light to treat the skin affected by pre-cancerous lesions. It is most often used to treat skin lesions on the face, scalp, and extremities. During the procedure process, aminolevulinic acid will be applied using an applicator to the skin and the skin will be exposed to a special blue light to complete the process. At Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center, our skilled dermatologists will use precision and great care to ensure that the acid is only applied to the lesion in question, and not the surrounding area. This procedure removes the lesion and leaves minimal scarring.
What to Expect
On the day of the procedure, patients will be asked to wear clothing or head gear that will protect them from the sun, especially if treatment will be taking place on the face. Using an applicator, the dermatologist will apply aminolevulinic acid directly to the treatment site. The application process may take up 1-2 hours, depending on the severity of the patient's needs. After the application, the patient is released and must return after 14 to 18 hours to be exposed to a special blue light, completing the procedure. The light exposure takes only about 20 minutes to complete. Prior to being exposed to the blue light and after application, it is imperative that the patient avoids the sun and bright lights, as this will negatively affect the skin. Upon fully completing treatment, patients may experience irritation and redness at the treatment site, however; this will subside within a few days.
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Following Levulan Kerastick treatment patients may experience some side effects including redness swelling and some scabbing or scaling at the lesion site. The side effects should subside within 4 weeks after treatment, however, should they persist, contact your dermatologist immediately. Patients will not have any aftercare requirements, such as medications, unless directed by the dermatologist, however, they may need to bandage the treatment sites.
Schedule Your Consult!
Should you experience bothersome or painful lesions, horns or bumps associated with actinic keratosis, Levulan Kerastick may be the best treatment for you. We invite you to call our dermatology office to schedule an appointment for a full skin analysis and treatment plan.