Levulan® Kerastick® in San Francisco, CA

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About Levulan Kerastick

Levulan Kerastick is a medical procedure that uses aminolevulinic acid and a laser treatment to treat pre-cancers, called Actinic Keratoses (AK)  Most commonly used on the face, and scalp, and neck, the procedure has three steps. First an esthetician treats your skin with microdermabrasion, which prepares your skin for the aminolevulinic acid, making it exfoliated and extra absorbent. Next, a provider applies the kerastick solution to the affected area, which makes the AK cells extremely sensitive to light. The final step is a laser treatment with one of our registered nurses. The light from our IPL or Vbeam laser will effectively destroys only AK cells, keeping the surrounding, healthy skin in tact.  

What to Expect

On the day of the procedure, you may be asked to wear a hat to protect your skin from the sun. The entire procedure, described above, will take about three hours to complete, depending on the size of the treatment area. Following Levulan Kerastick treatment, it is imperative that the the patient avoids the sun and bright lights, as this can damage the newly treated skin. Upon fully completing treatment, patients may experience irritation and redness at the treatment site for up to four weeks.

Learn Your Options

Levulan Kerastick is an effective procedure that treats multiple AKs in just one treatment, saving time while preventing skin cancer. Want to learn more? Schedule a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists to find out if you are a candidate for the Levulan Kerastick treatment.

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Other Considerations

Following Levulan Kerastick, treatment patients may experience some side effects including redness, swelling, scaling/crusting, hypo/hyper-pigmentation, itching, stinging, and/or burning. The side effects should subside within four weeks after treatment. However, should they persist, contact our office immediately. Most patients will not have any aftercare requirements, such as medications, unless directed by one of our dermatologists. 

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