How does LED Phototherapy work?
While we often associate light exposure with negative effects such as skin ageing and damage, light also has many positive influences on the body. It helps us produce vitamin D, provides energy and serotonin. It can also encourage cell growth and collagen rejuvenation.
The spectrum of light is grouped into different categories, some you can see, such as red and blue light, and some are invisible such as UV and near-infrared. The differences between the positive and negative effects of light are the amount and the parts of the spectrum you’re exposed to. Different types of light stimulate different responses, so while ongoing exposure to UV is very damaging, controlled levels of near-infrared, blue and red light are clinically proven to be beneficial.
Using LEDs to deliver specific types of light can provide that control, helping to maximise their effects.
In our Aesthetic Clinic here in Cornwall, we have chosen Dermalux®, which uses the highest quality LEDs, expertly aligned helping to deliver each wavelength at a specific, measured energy output, intensity and dose. Uniquely, Dermalux® uses leading-edge LED technology, which allows all three wavelengths to be used at the same time. This means you can enjoy enhanced results, while still keeping treatment times to a minimum.
The treatment is pain-free and suitable for all skin types with an excellent safety profile. Each treatment lasts approximately 20 minutes and is a pleasant, relaxing experience in which you’re placed under the light. During and after the treatment your skin may feel warm and you may notice some redness, but this will resolve quickly. Your practitioner will advise on the best combination of light and course of treatment depending on the condition of your skin, but you will need a minimum of 6 treatments over a 6 week period. Your practitioner also may recommend an evidence-based skin care regime in order to enhance your results.
Is there any pre- or post-treatment advice?
There are no specific pre-treatment guidelines. Post-treatment, normal skincare regimes can proceed immediately, and the results will be enhanced by the use of an evidence-based anti-ageing skincare regime. It is also recommended that you use a high-level broad spectrum UVB|UVA sun protectant to reduce the impact of photo ageing.
What results can you expect?
Dermalux® uses three, evidence-based wavelengths of near-infrared, blue and red light which are absorbed into the skin at different levels. The wavelengths provide energy and stimulate a variety of natural processes of the skin such as:
Activating fibroblasts, which improve the structure of the skin
Increasing the production of collagen and elastin, which makes skin firmer
Speeding up the skins natural healing and reducing inflammation
Improving the appearance of spots and reducing bacteria that causes acne
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