LED Therapy is a new-age, cutting-edge procedure in cosmetic skin treatment, where a light-emitting diode (LED) technology is used to stimulate the natural process of collagen production. This catalyzes skin-renewal, thereby presenting the individual with more youthful and radiant skin. LED therapy is completely safe, pain-free, non-invasive and quick, and provides very good results against skin conditions including acne, fine lines, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation and rosacea. Further, it also helps by soothing skin and reducing inflammation caused by acne.
The procedure is quite simple and completely pain-free. High-energy beams are used to penetrate the skin and activate natural processes such as blood circulation and collagen production. Also known as ‘photo-dynamic therapy’, LED therapy uses various color ranges, depending upon the skin issues and for varied results. Red light reduces fine lines and wrinkles, while blue lightcan effectively reduce acne and soothe skin. Amber light is very useful for stimulating the natural collagen-producing process in skin, and green is used to treat hyper-pigmentation.
While effective across all age groups, LED therapy is most beneficial in individuals noticing early signs of aging such as wrinkles and fine-lines, or young adults hoping to manage acne and pigmentation problems in a natural, pain-free and safe way.
Another significant application of LED therapy is in cases of Rosacea, a common skin-condition, causing permanent redness, burning and soreness of cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead areas.LED treatment has been found to provide relief in such cases, bringing down inflammation almost immediately. In fact, contained exposure to LEDs has been shown to help in a variety of cases involving inflammation, including boils, ulcers and wounds, and aid with quick recovery.
LLLT (Low-Level-Laser-Therapy) involving use of LEDs is also being implemented to treat a variety of post-treatment discomforts, especially after LASER therapy or injectables, with positive results. This not only provides immediate relief to the patients, but also decreases down-time for recovery. LLLTs are also shown to boost hair growth by stimulating epidermal stem cells in the hair follicle. Research shows both men and women achieving good results for hair regrowth from this therapy.
LED therapy is quite safe across age groups and skin-types, as it does not expose skin to the ultraviolet (UV) spectrum of light. However, some very specific cases where it is recommended to avoid LED therapy would include –
The best way to understand if there might be a risk factor for you, to undergo an LED session, is by asking your physician.
While the procedure itself is harmless and safe, it is not recommended for children. One can take LED therapy as early as the signs of acne and pigmentation begin to show up. Also, there is no higher age limit to this therapy as long as your physician believes that you could benefit from the procedure. However, one must remember that LED therapy works by reviving the body’s natural processes, and is most beneficial when the person’s skin is active enough to respond and show results.
LED therapy is one of the safest methods of skin rejuvenation and only in extremely rare cases causes side-effects. These could include irritability, headaches, difficulty falling asleep and eye-strain. Individuals with extreme photosensitivity could face more severe side-effects, owing more to their condition, than the nature of the therapy itself. However, most of these could be avoided and completely escaped by calculating the appropriate amount of light, and the right amount of exposure time for effective treatment.