BLU-U® Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy is indicated for the treatment actinic keratosis of the face or scalp. Actinic keratosis (AKs) are dry scaly patches on the skin that can lead to skin cancer. A medication called Levulan is uniformly applied to your AK lesions. The patient then waits 3 hours for the solution to penetrate the targeted cells. Your BLU-U treatment will take approximately 17 minutes. The BLU-U blue light will not heat the skin. However, during the light treatment, you may experience sensations of burning, tingling, stinging, or prickling of the treated AKs. Following treatment, the AKs and to some degree the surrounding skin may redden, and swelling and scaling may also occur. These effects are temporary and should completely resolve by 4 weeks after treatment. Avoid exposure of your treated skin to sunlight for at least 48 hours.
This treatment is generally covered by insurance. Patients should check with their individual insurance carriers regarding coverage.