In the 1980s NASA was conducting plant growth experiments in space using red light energy. At the time, they were employing a light technology called LED (Light Emitting Diode) therapy. These light emitting diodes release low-level light energy that penetrates skin surface and triggers reactions at the cellular level. Today, the technology of LED therapy has become an effective method for treating skin conditions such as acne, inflammation, and redness, because skin cells convert the light energy into ATP, which is the fuel cells require to do their jobs. An array of colored lights can be used, all emitted at different wavelengths. Before LED therapy was popularized cosmetically, it was used as therapy in hospitals and medical clinics to speed up the healing of wounds and post-surgical scars.
LED therapy is a gentler, less invasive procedure for skin restoration than other laser or light-based treatments. In fact, most patients who undergo LED therapy describe the process as warm, soothing, and relaxing. Unlike lasers, LED lights pose no risk of burning the eyes or face. It is a more natural and less expensive method to achieve numerous benefits, including tighter, brighter skin, reduction of mild to moderate acne, and diminished appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Best of all, LED therapy can be used and is effective for all skin types.
- Red light LED therapy fires up activity at the cellular level: Red light stimulates dermal fibroblasts, which are the cells responsible for generating collagen. Collagen is the primary structural protein dwelling within the connective tissues of the body – it is responsible for giving your skin shape, structure, and firmness. Plumper, firmer skin minimizes the look of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, and creases. Red light also promotes circulation of fresh blood under the skin, which speeds up the healing process for stretch marks, scars, and blemishes.
- Blue light LED therapy kills bad bacterium living underneath the skin, including the bacteria responsible for causing acne breakouts: Propionibacterium acnes.
- Amber light LED therapy acts in a similar manner to red light LED in that it promotes production of collagen and elastin, the proteins that give skin shape and lift. Natural collagen production decreases with age and skin starts to sag, slacken, and look more aged. A boost of collagen and elastin can give the face and neck a fuller and more youthful appearance.
- White light LED therapy penetrates more deeply than red, blue, or amber lights. It soothes inflammation and tightens the skin at its deepest layers.
A typical, in-office LED therapy session will use a combination of light colors. Because the light waves are all emitted at different wavelengths, they can be used in conjunction to tackle redness, wrinkles, inflammation, and acne in one relaxing treatment session. LED therapy is most effective when you undergo several treatment sessions spaced out every few weeks. After that, monthly or yearly maintenance sessions will be required. Each therapy session takes approximately 20 minutes and it can be woven seamlessly into a facial or chemical peel treatment. In fact, adding on LED therapy to a chemical peel will calm inflammation faster post-peel.
You may be thinking this sounds like a lot of time and upkeep – why not just use a store-bought LED device at home? While at-home devices are useful for regular maintenance – especially if you wait a few weeks between treatments – they are not as powerful as the devices used in-office, and they may be less effective due to human error. At-home devices are best used for touch-ups in conjunction with regular in-office treatments.
This February at Ageless Allure Medispa, we’re treating you to a double special: experience the HydraFacial 5-in-1 technology to cleanse, exfoliate, peel, extract, and infuse your skin, and then add on an anti-aging or anti-acne LED therapy session for a full-face rejuvenating treatment. Right now, we’re offering this special combination for 70 minutes at $149. Call the spa today at 863-292-2317 to schedule your appointment.