led light therapy birmingham
WHAT IS LED LIGHT THERAPY?
LED, or light emitting diode therapy, is a skincare treatment that uses varying wavelengths of light, including red, blue, yellow and green light. NASA originally developed it for plant growth experiments on shuttle missions and later found it to have promise for wound treatment.
LED lights have been available since the 1960s, but have only been used in the past few years to treat the skin. Different coloured wavelengths enter the skin at different depths, making this therapy useful to treat a variety of skin conditions.
WHAT DOES RED LED LIGHT THERAPY TREAT?
RED LED LIGHT wavelength 640nm – Penetration depth 1-6nm
Red LED light stimulates skin cells called fibroblasts, is used for treating the epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin. When the light is applied to your skin, the epidermis absorbs it and then stimulates collagen proteins which are important parts of skin recovery. In theory, more collagen means that your skin will look smoother and fuller, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Some studies have found that red LED light therapy tightens skin, reduces stretch marks, soothes and reduces psoriasis and lesions.
Wound healing. Red LED light stimulates collagen, which is important for healing wounds. People who have had surgery for skin resurfacing have also had red LED light therapy after the procedure. Studies have found that this form of light therapy lowers redness, swelling, and bruising, and speeds up the healing process. At Schon aesthetic we combine Red LED light therapy to help maximise wound healing and maximise treatment results.
Hair loss. Red LED light therapy can help stimulate hair growth for those with male- or female-pattern hair loss.
Skin cancers. Photo-dynamic therapy has been performed using both red and green LED lights to treat skin cancers. Red and green LED lights have been used to treat Bowen’s disease and red light has been used to treat basal cell carcinoma lesions.
WHAT DOES BLUE LED THERAPY LIGHT TREAT?
BLUE LED LIGHT wavelength 423nm – Penetration Depth 1nm
Blue LED light therapy targets the sebaceous glands, which are also called oil glands. They’re located beneath your hair follicles.
Sebaceous glands are necessary for lubricating your skin and hair so that it doesn’t dry out. However, these glands can become over active, leading to oily skin and acne. Often, blue LED light therapy is used in conjunction with red LED light therapy when treating acne and scars.
Skin and health conditions LED light therapy can help are:
Active Acne & Acne Scars –The theory is that blue LED light therapy can target sebaceous oil glands by promoting anti-inflammatory effects. In turn, you may see fewer acne breakouts. Blue LED light therapy can also kill acne-causing bacteria beneath the skin, which can help treat severe acne pimples, including cysts and nodules. Blue LED light therapy can also help with acne scars that were originally caused by acne breakouts.
Sun Damage and Skin Cancer Prevention –Blue LED light therapy is most commonly used to treat sun damage and pre-malignant or malignant skin cancer growths. It can actually be used to prevent skin cancer and remove both precancerous skin lesions and cancerous skin lesions that haven’t spread to other areas of the body (or metastasized).
This Photo-dynamic therapy can be used to treat skin cancer. It may also be used to trigger an immune system defence or damage the blood vessels feeding the cancer cells.
Depression – In addition to treating skin conditions and cancer, blue light therapy can also be used as a treatment for depression. It’s especially effective when treating major depressive disorder with seasonal patterns, formerly known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This condition is often partially caused by dreary winter weather, darker days, and spending more time indoors. It can be treated with light.
WHAT DOES GREEN LED LIGHT THERAPY TREAT?
GREEN LED LIGHT wavelength 532nm – Penetration Depth 0.5-2nm
The Green LED light affects the melanocytes (the cells that produce the melanin, which is the pigmentation in the bottom layer of the epidermis), reducing its production. Green LED light reduces dark eye circles, hyperpigmentation and sun spots. Over time, spots simply fade away for a rejuvenated and even more improved complexion. Studies show that Green LED light therapy relieves migraine, headaches and sleep problems because of its calming effects that encourage relaxation of mind and body.
WHAT DOES YELLOW LED LIGHT THERAPY TREAT?
YELLOW LED LIGHT wavelength 583nm – Penetration Depth 1-2nm
The Yellow LED light is effective in the treatment of skin issues involving blushing cheeks and spider veins. Yellow LED light also improves lymphatic circulation and relieves all sensitive skin issues and provides a glowing complexion.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?
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 completed a course of treatments. Maintenance sessions every few months are necessary following a course of treatments as the skin cells continue to turn over.
IS LED LIGHT THERAPY SAFE?
Unlike other types of light therapy, LEDs do not contain ultra violet rays, therefore, they’re safe for regular use and do not damage the skin tissues.
HOW LONG DOES THE TREATMENT TAKE?
How long your treatment takes depends on the skin issue being treated and can vary from 20min to 60min sessions.
DOES LED LIGHT THERAPY HURT?
No, the treatment is painless and there is no down time.
WHAT AFTERCARE IS INVOLVED?
After-care is minimal. You are advised to moisturise often, avoid applying make-up for 24 hours following treatment and avoid having any other treatments outside of your LED sessions until your treatment course is completed.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS FOR LED LIGHT THERAPY?
You shouldn’t have blue light therapy if you have a rare condition called porphyria, which is a disorder of the blood that leads to heightened light sensitivity, or if you have allergies. You also shouldn’t have this therapy if you have lupus. If you currently use Accutane for acne, be advised that this powerful drug derived from vitamin A increases your skin’s sensitivity to light.
AM I SUITABLE FOR LED LIGHT THERAPY TREATMENT?
LED light therapy is not suitable for those who have active rash,
increased inflammation, redness, rash, pain, tenderness and hives
HOW MUCH DOES THE TREATMENT COST?
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