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Photodynamic Therapy


Our Géniale Skin Cancer doctors have over two decades of experience in medicine and surgery. Our centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and our team is highly skilled in the latest, most innovative procedures.


ALA-PDT Treatment (APL) is an effective treatment for sun damaged and aged skin. The treatment is performed by a Géniale skin doctor.

The procedure involves the use of a photosynthesising agent applied directly to the skin. After 5 hours of incubation, the PDT is applied to activate ALA within the cells to release singlet oxygen species. Sun damaged cells are more vulnerable and will absorb more ALA. Finally, an Aktilite® lamp is used at the end of treatment to ensure no light–sensitive ALA is present.

The treatment simultaneously improves the appearance and texture of sun damaged skin – Reducing redness, pigmentation, roughness and improving skin texture. It can also reduce need for future treatment of sun damaged skin and potentially prevent the development of skin cancers.

ALA PDT allows large areas to be treated in one session such as the entire face, scalp, hands or forearms, enabling superior medical and aesthetic results.


Metvix® Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a non-surgical, non-invasive treatment for various pre-cancerous skin lesions (actinic keratosis/solar keratosis) or certain types of non-melanoma skin cancers (Basal cell carcinoma and Bowen’s disease).

Metvix PDT is performed by a Géniale skin doctor and involves a process of removing uneven areas of surface skin, applying a Metvix cream to the lesion and surrounding area for 3 hours, then exposing the treatment area to an Aktilite lamp for 7 to 9 minutes. Abnormal cells in the lesions absorb the active ingredient from the Metvix cream. When exposed to the Aktilite® lamp, a chemical reaction destroys the lesion. Healthy skin surrounding the lesion is left unaffected, resulting in a superior cosmetic outcome.

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