• Non-Surgical Nose Job

    "My non surgical nose procedure seems too good to be true, the results are amazing! Dr. Rivkin is so good at what he does, there was no pain, no swelling, no downtime! It's hard to believe that such a simple procedure can be so life changing!"


  • Friendly Service, Reasonable Prices

    "First of all, I'd like to say thank you for the complimentary second office visit. I can tell that you take great pride in your craft and care about what your clients want. Thank you so much for your skilled craftsmanship and an eye for such fine work."

    Sincerely, MP

  • Non-Surgical Face Lift

    "Dr. Rivkin did an AMAZING job on my face! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! I really appreciate everything you've done for me and all the help you've given me!! I'm just so happy! This DEFINITELY gives me the self confidence that I was looking for for next weekend!"


  • Fraxel Laser Skin Treatments

    "I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful service you gave me when I was in southern Cal a few weeks ago. You were the only office that responded to my email, and actually I'm grateful. I love my Fraxel & will plan more treatments. Thanks again for your professionalism, your friendly atmosphere and your patient care."

    Sincerely, PG

Photodynamic Therapy: PDT in Los Angeles, CA

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is very effective in treating resistant and cystic acne as well as actinic keratoses, warts, sun damage, and other skin problems. In the past Accutane has been used for these conditions, but Accutane has serious side effects including: joint pains, liver damage, skin and lip dryness, as well as (rarely) severe psychological problems. PDT resolves these skin conditions with relatively brief, minor irritation. PDT can also work for those who have tried Accutane unsuccessfully.

How does PDT work?
A photosensitizer called aminolevulinic acid is applied to the skin and is absorbed by the hair follicles, oil glands, bacteria and rapidly growing cells. Blue Light or Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) is then applied to the skin. The light destroys acne bacteria (P.acnes) and reduces the output of over active oil glands in the skin. The result is that pimples heal and pores remain open, preventing further outbreaks.

After PDT, a small amount of activated substance remains in the skin for 24 to 48 hours. Sunlight and even indoor light may affect this and cause redness and itching. Use of sunscreen and a hat will diminish these undesired effects. This is why we strongly recommend doing PDT treatments in the late afternoon to evening and spending the day after your PDT treatment indoors. We suggest that, even on the following day, you wear strong sun block and a hat when you go outside.

Sunburn-like redness and mild swelling, as well as some peeling, are all common after PDT treatment. Swelling lasts for a day or two, redness and peeling persist for about a week.

Most patients will require about three treatments at a frequency of once a month, but the exact number of sessions required will depend on the severity of your condition.

During your free initial consultation, Dr. Rivkin will evaluate your skin and recommend the most effective course of treatment. He will explain the procedure in detail, and recommend a acne skin treatment for maintaining healthy skin.

Dr. Rivkin’s patients know that they can get in touch with him at any time. He’s always in the office at Westside Aesthetics, and is personally involved in every treatment.

Contact our Los Angeles, California office to learn more about Photodynamic Therapy, or to schedule a free consultation.

11645 Wilshire Blvd., #800, Los Angeles, CA 90025  |  (310) 443-5273

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