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What is LED light therapy?

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L.E.D Light Therapy stands for Light Emitting Diode and is a therapy that is effective in the treatment of all manor of skin complaints. Light emitting diode (LED) light therapy is growing in popularity in both aesthetician offices and at home. Dermatologists found that using varying light wavelengths that penetrate the skin at different depths, the skin’s healing process is triggered. The various wavelengths (assigned to different colours) enter the skin activating the biological process of cell rejuvenation. The results of recent studies have shown that cell production increases by 150% during this process. This therapy will be beneficial to those who have tried and failed to treat their shin concerns through the use of over-the-counter skincare.

L.E.D Light Therapy has thus been celebrated for its collagen increasing benefits. The results of which are know to smooth/plump skin, reduce the appearance of skin damage (by sun or acne) and reduce acne bacteria on the skin.


What can L.E.D Light Therapy Treat ?

L.E.D Light Therapy is a great treatment to brighten and tighten any skin type but can also help the following skin complaints:

  • Wrinkles

  • Acne

  • Age spots

  • Dermatitis

  • Dull skin

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Rosacea

  • Scarring

  • Sun damage

  • Wound healing

  • Inflammation

  • Other inflammatory skin conditions

What areas can L.E.D treat?


While it is possible to use L.E.D Light Therapy on any area of the body, the most common use is for the face. Generally, the face is the area of the body which is most frequently exposed to the damaging sun rays and elements, making it the most common area of skin complaints. Other less popular areas of treatment are the neck and chest, which are body parts that are more likely to show signs of ageing and could benefit from more collagen.


Does it work?

In the past L.E.D Light Therapy was used to speed up healing time for injured Navy seals. They also used it to treat various injuries that caused skin damage. In a statement made by the American Academy of Dermatology, most people with acne will see an improvement in their symptoms from using L.E.D Light Therapy. Research has found that this therapy offers remarkable improvement on the condition of the skin, however to achieve the desired results it may take several treatments.

In order to maintain the benefit of this therapy, it may be necessary to have follow-up treatments.


Red light

The red light stimulates the collagen proteins in the outer layer of the skin for a smoother, fuller and more youthful look. In addition to reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, the red light is known to have anti inflammatory properties and improve blood circulation.


Blue light

The blue light targets the glands in the skin that are responsible fore producing oil. These glands are necessary to maintain normal, healthy skin however they can become overactive and cause oily skin /acne. The effect of the blue light on the gland will make it less active, decreasing the oil, clogged pores and thus, acne. In addition to this, the blue light is known to kill acne-causing bacteria that are found underneath the skin.

Often, the different coloured lights can complement each other to more effectively treat skin concerns.


Is it safe?

L.E.D Light Therapy is a very safe treatment, its process does not use harmful UV rays and therefore is causes no damage to the skin. This therapy does not cause burns unlike other treatments such as chemical peels or laser therapy. This means that clients of all skin types and colours can undergo this treatment.


How to prepare for the treatment

During your initial consultation your practitioner, will examine and assess your skin. After discussing your desired result and how to attain it, a treatment plan will be agreed upon. At this point you will be asked to fill in a medical history and consent form. There are no specific preparations to be made prior to treatment other that to come make-up free.


What to expect during the treatment

The treatment begins with your practitioner preparing your skin and have you lie down under the L.E.D Light machine with protective goggles. The treatment will take between 30 and 60 minutes and end with your practitioner applying SPF to the treated area.


What to expect post-treatment

LED Light Therapy is non-invasive, so no recovery time is required. You should be able to continue with your everyday activities once your treatment is over. In-office LED light therapy requires up to 10 sessions or more, each spaced out about a week apart. You may start to see minor results after your first session. Results will be more dramatic and noticeable once you’ve finished all of your treatments. Even after you’ve achieved the recommended number of sessions, your results aren’t permanent.

As your skin cells turn over, you may lose some collagen and start to see signs of aging again. You may also start to see acne breakouts. This is why it’s recommended that you go back for maintenance treatments every few months or as recommended by your provider. Home LED light therapy treatments aren’t as dramatic because the light frequencies aren’t as high. You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.


How often do I have to get the treatment done?

The L.E.D Light Therapy treatment can be booked on a once weekly basis. We would recommend a minimum course of 10 sessions at the end of which you practitioner will review your treatment plan. It may be beneficial to upkeep the progress achieve with L.E.D with once fortnightly or monthly treatments.


Can I have it alongside other treatments?

L.E.D Light Therapy can be used to complement and enhance any of the treatments that we have on offer in clinic. You may simply ask to be booked in for a session of L.E.D post procedure.


Is there any downtime?

The in-clinic treatment will last between 30 to 60 minutes at a time. There is no downtime for this treatment and regular activities can be resumed immediately.


Safety and Side Effects

The L.E.D Light Therapy treatment is a safe, non-invasive procedure . The following side-effects are very uncommon however if they present themselves post treatment, you must contact your practitioner.

  • Inflammation

  • Rashes

  • Skin redness

  • Tenderness

A full medical history will be taken with your practitioner during your consultation to rule out any risks that would make you unsuitable for this treatment. Some instances which would disqualify you from treatment would be the following:

  • If you are on certain medications such as: Isptretinoin (Accutain) used to treat acne.

  • If you use topical treatments that cause sensitivity to sunlight.

L.E.D Light Therapy is safe to be used on a regular basis as it emits no harmful rays (no ultraviolet rays). In turn, this therapy can not burn the skin unlike other treatments such as chemical peels, dermabrasion or laser therapy.

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