LED LIGHT THERAPY
WHAT IS LED LIGHT THERAPY?
Our skin has the ability to absorb light and use it as a source of energy to stimulate a healing response. This light-emitting treatment and therapy uses specific colour wavelengths of light that penetrate the skin at varying depths, helping to normalise cellular imbalance and improve skin tone, clarity and density.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
All LED light therapies are painless and gentle; Blue Light Therapy for Acne uses specific wavelengths of blue light to target a strain of bacteria that plays a pivotal role in causing acne without damaging healthy skin. Red and yellow light therapy is used to improve the skin’s barrier function, expedite healing, calm inflammation and generate new collagen. Red LEDs also target skin’s oil glands to reduce pro-inflammatory cytokines that develop into chronic acne.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Suitable for all ages, from teenagers experiencing acne for the first time or more mature skin in need of general rejuvenation, LED Light Therapy is non-thermal, painless and can be applied to any part of the body. As light therapy is a natural treatment it can be used alone or a great add on when combined with microdermabrasion, peels, lasers or even post surgery . LED, when combined with a sensitizing agent becomes PDT (Photo Dynamic Therapy) and can improve skin tone, texture and minimize pores and fine lines but can come with some downtime. LED treatments can also be combined with peels, injectibles and laser treatments.
CONDITIONS LED LIGHT THERAPY CAN TREAT
Acne is one of the most common skin issues with multifactorial causes and can occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells, usually appearing on the face, neck, chest, back and shoulders.
What to expect: Using either chemicals or enzymes, peels remove the excessive buildup of dead skin cells to reveal new, healthier cells as well as stimulating collagen production. In combination with blue light treatment, the bacteria known to causes acne is also targeted to help prevent further breakouts. Whilst there is no downtime it is important to remember that blue light cannot be used in conjunction with antibiotic treatment.
Also good for: Sun damage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and uneven skin tone.
Alternative treatments: Microdermabrasion and an appropriate skincare regimen.
The result of inflamed blemishes and cystic acne. These pitted scars and post inflammatory pigmentation can be seen long after acne has been treated.
What to expect: With fractional ablative laser, micro columns of injuries are created to help stimulate the production of collagen and new skin. It feels and looks like a sunburn and downtime depends on the strength of the treatment but generally lasts between 3-7 days. A combined cocktail of laser treatments, light therapy and peels also work in unison to improve skin texture from scarring.
Also good for: Smoothing out skin tone and texture, improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, overall skin rejuvenation and hyperpigmentation.
Alternative treatments: Light Therapy, Microdermabrasion, Peels and Fillers.
Commonly found on the nose and cheeks thread veins, dilated capillaries, spider nevi and red veins form, and are unable to repair by themselves.
What to expect: The type of laser used to treat and eradicate depends on the size and colour of the vessel. Red and blue colored vessels are easiest to eliminate within one to three sessions without the need for anesthesia and side effects can include temporary bruising, swelling and redness.
Also good for: Reticular vessels around the eyes and Cherry Angiomas. Larger broken veins on the legs are best treated with a combination of Sclerotherapy (an irritant liquid injected into the vessel to dissolve) lasers and light therapy.
Alternative treatments: Light Therapy
Uneven or excessive pigmentation caused by the abnormal production of melanin that is exacerbated by sun exposure, hormones, trauma and age.
What to expect: A light chemical peel may result in mild stinging upon application, a medium strength peel comes with a slight burning sensation whilst with a deeper peel, a sedative or a topical local anesthetic will be applied to numb the skin. With all peels post-treatment, you will experience redness, flaking and swelling in varying degrees so always choose a suitable qualified and experienced practitioner to carry out your peel and give you suitable aftercare products and instructions.
Also good for: Enlarged pores, rough skin texture, photo damaged skin, acne and facial rejuvenation.
Alternative treatments: Fractional Ablative Laser, Light treatment, IPL and skincare.
Common skin conditions that are characterized by facial redness, small and superficial dilated blood vessels, pustules and swelling.
What to expect: PDT is used to treat ageing skin and precancerous lesions caused by sun damage and oily skin conditions such as inflammatory acne and rosacea. This treatment involves the use of light-sensitive medication and a light source to destroy abnormal cells. It can also be combined with drug therapies such as Accutane and Roaccutane. Sessions are usually fifteen to thirty minutes after light sensitive medication has been applied and may need multiple treatments for best results in texture and tone. Reactions are rare, however you may experience a mild dryness and redness after treatment.
Also good for: Improving skin tone, smoothing skin texture, minimizing pores and fine lines.
Alternative treatments: IPL, Medical treatments.
The result of intensive exposure to direct sunlight accrued over a lifetime, the ultraviolet rays stimulate the pigment cells ‘melanocytes’ to kick-start the production of pigment ‘melanin’. This changes the colour of skin and causes unsightly patches of brown hues.
What to expect: Light treatments target the pigment in the skin to help diminish pigmentation resulting in a clearer complexion. There may be up to 7-10 days where areas of hyperpigmentation look darker after treatment and any redness, erythema and swelling should last for only 24 hours followed by clearer more even skin tone. For best results 3-5 treatments are recommended.
Also good for: Sun damage, hyper pigmentation, smoothing out skin tone.
Alternative treatments: iPixel, Peels and Cryotheraphy.
Photo-ageing or sun damage is the consequence of excessive exposure to the sun’s harmful and powerful rays leaving skin with wrinkles, brown or sunspots, and pigmentation.
What to expect: Chemical peels are an effective way to repair sun-damaged skin by removing the outer layers of the skin to freshen the complexion and to reduce freckles and irregular pigmentation. As a consequence, fine lines and wrinkles are also softened during the treatment. With all peels post treatment you may experience varying levels of redness, flaking and swelling so always choose a suitable qualified and experienced practitioner to carry out your peel and give you suitable aftercare products and instructions.
Also good for: Acne and skin rejuvenation.
Alternative treatments: Cyrotherapy, Light Treatments, Fractional ablative laser.