Skin Cancer Treatment Levulan Blue Light Therapy | My Full Experience

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  • Published on Apr 1, 2019
  • I discovered a couple of spots on my face that turned out to be pre-cancerous. My dermatologist, Dr. Zimmerman at Golden State Dermatology in Walnut Creek, CA (I've been going there for about 15 years) recommended Levulan Blue Light Therapy to get rid of the pre-cancerous areas rather than cutting them out. In this video, I'll take you through the entire process (I was able to get footage of each step) and give you my take six months later. I hope this is helpful for anyone else dealing with this. Don't forget to wear sunscreen!!!
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Comments • 48

  • Jan Degerberg
    Jan Degerberg Day ago

    Hi Nicole, I'm having this done in Dec. could you list all the products you showed on your video. You went thru them so fast.

  • Movie Star Sir Chad Everhart GCA

    I just saw this ... It's now Sept. . are you ok now ? I'm rootin for ya. . Namaste

  • Toni Francis
    Toni Francis 20 days ago +1

    Just had it done. For me no pain. Barely any redness, but this is only day 1. I think I’m getting more red as each hour passes. Already made appointment for 2nd treatment in 2 months. So I hope you post your 2nd treatment experience too.

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  20 days ago

      Hi Toni, I am very glad to hear that it is not bad! How long did they leave the medication on your face before they put you in front of the light? I was a lot redder the second day. I need to finish up my second experience video for sure. Wishing you fast healing and sending positive vibes and prayers!

  • Toni Francis
    Toni Francis 23 days ago +1

    It wasn’t painful? My sister says it hurt like hell - her words. I’m having this done in 2 days and I have spots all over my face and no idea what’s underneath. Yikes. You make it look so easy

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  22 days ago

      Hi Toni, That first time it was so easy and really did not hurt. I have follow up video to do though. I had it done again and this time they left it on my face for three hours and let me go home in between for a couple of hours and that time it really hurt and peeled terribly too. Totally different experience. I wish you all the best.

  • chrisiden
    chrisiden Month ago

    how much was your treatment? hope ur feeling better now :)

  • Will Elniff
    Will Elniff Month ago +1

    My mom is having this procedure done tomorrow. This really helped to put things in perspective and to know what she is going to possibly be going through during the treatment and recovery process. Really helped to calm the nerves from the series of "Holy S**t moments" I have had since first hearing that this was going to be happening. Thank you for posting. Be well, everybody!

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  Month ago

      Hi Will, I wish your mom all the best. I do not have the video up yet but I had the procedure done again as my spots came back and they left the medication on for 3 hours this time (instead of 1.5 hours) and they let me go home in between and I had a completely different experience. My face got super swollen and red and peeled badly. In the end, it turned out OK and I looked totally normal again but it was a rough few weeks. I'm sure your mom will do great. Make sure she really stays out of the light as long as they tell her to.

  • Stephanie Leach
    Stephanie Leach Month ago +1

    Thank you so much for documenting your experience with this treatment option. I have been given it as an option for treating a BCC along with my whole face and the other YT vids have been super scary with blistering and “burn victim” results.

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  Month ago

      Hi Stephanie, I do not have the video up yet but I had the procedure done again as my spots came back and they left the medication on for 3 hours this time (instead of 1.5 hours) and they let me go home in between and I had a completely different experience. My face got super swollen and red and peeled. Whatever you do, when that medication is on your face before they hit it with the lights, stay out of the light. When I went home I used my computer and that was a terrible idea. Wishing you all the best!!!

  • ThePurplePlace
    ThePurplePlace Month ago +1

    I am scheduled for this treatment for a superficial Basal Cell Cancer that is also in the same area (upper lip area) and in my case it's now partly on my actual lip. I was thinking they would only be treating the actual area, not my entire face. I'm really concerned and after seeing many videos not sure how well I will do with this. I will need MOHS and Reconstruction surgery later, this is being done to try and shrink the size of the BCC, so that the surgery will not have to be as invasive and complex. I am now totally dreading it. I also have a lot of windows and skylights in my home and getting any room dark, is going to be a challenge! Oh my!!

    • ThePurplePlace
      ThePurplePlace Month ago

      @YayOrNayNicole Thank you Nicole -- ! I'll be happy when this is behind me too! One day, one moment at a time!!
      I have decided against the BlueLight Therapy and now have opted to try the Imiquimod Cream instead, which was one of my two options my MOHS surgeon suggested to try to shrink down the BCC prior to the MOHS surgery. I started that last night and will do 20 treatments. I HOPE it works, because the PDT sounds more painful and will involve my whole face. Using this topical cream I only have to apply it to the BCC. Hoping it works well! Best wishes to you!!

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  Month ago +1

      @ThePurplePlace Oh my goodness! I Googled it and I wish you all the best. Thank God your lung cancer is in remission. You have quite the journey ahead of you. Sending you positive healing thoughts and prayers.

    • ThePurplePlace
      ThePurplePlace Month ago +1

      @YayOrNayNicole Thank you! MOHS is microscopic surgery done very often for basal cell and other types of Skin Cancer. They take small layers at a time and send them to the Lab until they have clear margins. IN my case, because of the location and size the know it will be pretty complex and that's why I'll need reconstructive surgery to repair the area. NOT happy or looking forward to any of this. From what I have learned, your second experience seems to be more of the norm and that is not fun. Plus, it's only to try and shrink this before surgery, I will still need surgery...! And I'm already living with Stage IV Lung Cancer (which is thankfully in remission). I really have already been through a lot...so this was an added kick in the pants! Thank you for your time and for sharing your experience. I'll watch for your new video and wish you well.

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  Month ago +1

      Hi, I do not have the video up yet but I had the procedure done again as my spots came back and they left the medication on for 3 hours this time (instead of 1.5 hours) and they let me go home in between and I had a completely different experience. My face got super swollen and red and peeled. Perhaps your doctor does it differently? Do try to block out the light as much as you can. I know nothing about MOHS. I wish you all the best and will keep you in my prayers.

  • Tom Cat
    Tom Cat 5 months ago

    I had this done last week on my face. Ouch ouch ouch. Do not even walk to the mailbox after this is done. Your face will burn and blister up.

    • Tom Cat
      Tom Cat 5 months ago

      @YayOrNayNicole its been 8 days and the dead skin is off and now my skin is very tender. I have had several moh's surgery's from squamous cell skin cancer. Now i have basal cell and they wanted to do moh's surgery again. I don't want my face cut on again so they did this treatment. This is 50% effective so i hope it works. Cutting is 97% effective.

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  5 months ago +1

      Oh my gosh Tom I agree, absolutely do not go outside. I could feel the burn at a window where the shade was up. Those first three days you have to be a mole haha. Hope you are feeling better!

  • Rachel Varga BScN, RN, Advanced Aesthetic Nurse

    Hello dear Nicole! I'm so pleased that you are so skin cancer conscious! I wish all my clients were this diligent!

  • SmokeyMeowMeow Cat
    SmokeyMeowMeow Cat 6 months ago +1

    Thank you for posting this video. I am having this done Tuesday on my entire chest and i have been really nervous about it. This video of your experience has eased my mind about it. Hopefully my experience will be good. Take care!

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago

      Hi, I wish you all the best with your procedure. I hope that is goes very well. I'm so very glad that this video was helpful to you. I'll be thinking about you on Tuesday! xoxo, Nicole

  • tariuswatcher
    tariuswatcher 6 months ago +1

    I am less than 2 weeks away from my dermatologist appointment ... so glad you posted this today since I have a couple of suspicious spots and had a previous surgery to remove something on my nostril. So yes, I am very intrigued by this.

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago

      Oh my goodness! I wish you all the best at your appointment. Saying a prayer that all goes well. ❤❤❤

  • Tina Hu
    Tina Hu 6 months ago +1

    Please is not worry about it. It’s a minor process and relatively painless. It just feels like light snapping rubber bands. Make sure they have a fan for you to use while under the light. Lastly, follow the no light as directed. I had no side effects. Just keep the Aquaphore

    • Tina Hu
      Tina Hu 6 months ago

      YayOrNayNicole thank you for your reply. I am glad to hear you are doing well. I remember scaring the heck out of myself researching before I had the procedure done. The one consistent piece of information that stood out was to stay out of the light. It is my understanding that the light continues to activate the trace amount of topical chemotherapy over the 48 hours following the procedure. It makes sense. Stay healthy and beautiful.

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago +1

      Hi Tina, It was SO much better than I expected. You are so right, keeping out of the light and keeping the ointment on really helped. The one time I accidentally was in the light I could feel it burn a little on my skin. So weird. Thanks so much for watching! ❤❤❤

    • Tina Hu
      Tina Hu 6 months ago +1

      Aquaphor on religiously and stay completely out of the light.

  • Cindi Barber
    Cindi Barber 6 months ago +1

    I had one of these dry patches on my cheek last year and my Dermo froze it off. I still have a red mark from it so I wish this procedure would have been available. I will ask about it when I go back this month. Thanks for this video Nicole. It was very helpful. xoxo Cindi

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago +1

      Hi Cindi, If you need more taken care of wouldn't it be nice if this worked for you. So much less invasive. My fingers are crossed that you need nothing! xoxoxo

  • Veronica C. Burgess
    Veronica C. Burgess 6 months ago +1

    Soooo glad you’re ok! Thank you for sharing, I learned a lot. 🥰

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago

      Hi Veronica,
      I was truly expecting it to be worse from some of the images and videos I'd seen. I'm just so thankful that I caught it early. Hope you are having a great weekend. Bet you are cooking up a storm! :)

  • Susan W
    Susan W 6 months ago +1

    Nicole this is/was so scary and this was very informative, I have never been a sunscreen person but I am going to find one that works for me and start using it! Sun cancer is so scary! Love and Hugs! XOXO

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago

      Hi Susan, Oh my goodness please do find one. BTW I have a video of my favorites that work well under makeup. I did not mention it in my video, I did not realize until too late, when you apply make sure you get everywhere. I realized that I am missing part of my upper lip when I apply and I think that is what led to my problem. ❤❤❤ -Nicole

  • Lori Harrris
    Lori Harrris 6 months ago

    Thanks for posting this,Nicole!! About 15 years ago I had 4 pre-cancerous moles removed from my back. Skin cancer is a major concern. My Grandfather died from it over 25 years ago. Like you, growing up in the 70's and 80's I used to fry myself with baby oil to get that California tan!! We had no idea what it could do!! Stay out of the sun, guys!! Wear sunscreen!!! A tan is not worth it!!

  • Chrissy Moss
    Chrissy Moss 6 months ago +1

    Dear God Nicole 😯😯. This must have been THE most awful time (for you and your family).
    Like you I never bothered with sunscreen and I've only just started this past year. Summers are not the same in the UK as they are in the US, however, I now understand the importance of it. Ignorance was certainly NOT bliss.
    Thank goodness you were diligent and caught it in the early stages. I'm sooooo relieved and ridiculously happy that it's gone. And it can stay gone. Your husband is such a sweetheart covering the windows. Bless him. Wishing you bucket loads of good luck. Much love to you Nicole, ❤🌼❤🌻❤

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago +1

      Hi Chrissy, It was rather unsettling, especially since I have been pretty vigilant about sunscreen for a long time. The problem is, I realized that the way that I apply it, my fingers miss those two areas. I've had to retrain myself in the way I apply. Makes sure you get it everywhere when you apply. Thank goodness for my friend telling me details about her experience. It was SO cute of Steve to cover the windows like that :). Thanks so much for all of the kind thoughts and words. You're a gem! ❤❤❤

  • Tamara
    Tamara 6 months ago +1

    So happy to see your post. Thank you for sharing this post. I am in Australia, the land of sunshine and have super fair skin. I was also allergic to most of the sunscreens on the market when I was young so I have to be diligent in getting my skin checked twice a year. I have had several cancerous and pre-cancerous areas cut out. I have not yet had light therapy though.

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago

      Hi Tamara, it is on my bucket list to go to Australia! It looks so beautiful. I'm sorry that you've had to have them cut out. I hope that you stay cancer free!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  • Jessy Peters
    Jessy Peters 6 months ago

    Thank you for posting this video as I've learned a lot from it. I will keep an eye out for these types of dry patches in the future. Best of luck going forward! :)

  • Real Chicks TV
    Real Chicks TV 6 months ago +1

    Thank you so much for this, Nicole. You're raising awareness and possibly saving lives. Skin cancer is no joke. Proud of you. - xx, Carla

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago

      Hi Carla, Thanks for the kind words! If it even helps one person be aware, it's 1000% worth it to do the video. Not a "trending" or sexy topic but SO important IMHO! BTW, I so love my ABH Riviera palette. I keep reaching for it. I can't wait to see your video on it. ❤❤❤

  • Debbie Swindell
    Debbie Swindell 6 months ago +1

    Nicole, you handled this with such grace. I have Barrett's esophagus and I used to use baby oil as a sun screen 😫 Thank you and your dermatologist/staff for this video. You will be helping many people! Including me😁

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago +1

      Hi Debbie, I used baby oil too and sometimes added iodine to look more tan. We had no idea until the 80's when the sunscreen info finally came out and was well publicized. I've realized that I've been apply ing the sunscreen to sloppily and was missing those two areas. Now I'm really paying attentin when I apply. I'm so glad that you found the video to be of value. :) xoxo -Nicole

  • Tove Nilssen
    Tove Nilssen 6 months ago +1

    So glad that it was discovered so fast. Good luck,lovely.

  • Cheryl T
    Cheryl T 6 months ago +1

    Soooooo glad that you were so vigilant and observant to catch this my sweet, sweet friend ❤️ Thank you for sharing with us.So that we shall know what to look for. So happy you are doing well👍 Luv ya girl 💕

    • YayOrNayNicole
      YayOrNayNicole  6 months ago

      Thank you so much my friend! If my friend had not told me about her experience I never would have known what I was dealing with so I wanted to put it out there. Hope you are having a great weekend! ❤️❤️❤️