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LED Light Therapy

LED light therapy is non-invasive skin resurfacing treatment to address numerous skin conditions and skin lesions.

LED Light Therapy

The Skinny


Average Recovery

1 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Laser/Light Therapy

Surgical

No

Cost

$25 - $248

The Specifics


What is LED light therapy?

LED light therapy (light emitting diode) is a noninvasive skin resurfacing treatment that can be performed as a professional dermatology treatment or with home devices to brighten, even, and smooth the complexion.

Red light (infrared light) is targeted to the epidermis skin cells for improvements to collagen production, elastin, the appearance of fine lines, and skin laxity with anti-aging and rejuvenation properties. Blue light targets the sebaceous glands (oil glands) making it especially effective for acne treatment. Green light works on hyperpigmentation. Yellow light is known to reduce inflammation, promote wound healing, remove toxins (like acne causing bacteria), and increase hydration.

Red light therapy and blue light therapy are typically the most common skin treatments. Different wavelengths and different depths allow LED light treatments to be highly customizable. Dermatologists use LED therapy at higher intensities than home use LED devices.

What cosmetic concerns does light therapy treat?

There are four types of LED lights, red, blue, yellow, and green each with a different specialization. In combination and alone, they can address concerns like: 1. Acne 2. Acne Scars & Scars 3. Rosacea 4. Uneven Skin Texture 5. Uneven Skin Tone 6. Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Who is the ideal candidate for light therapy?

The ideal candidate for LED light therapy has skin lesions or skin conditions causing abnormal skin pigmentation, texture, or aesthetic. LED light therapy is safe in most all skin types. LED light therapy is not recommended for those with excessively large or severe skin concerns, those with certain chronic medical conditions, or women who are pregnant.

What is the average recovery associated with LED light therapy?

There is little to no recovery following an LED light therapy treatment. Minimal skin irritation and redness may occur for a few hours following the procedure. Good skincare and proper sun protection will aid recovery and enhance results.

What are the potential side effects of LED light therapy?

Possible side effects following a LED light therapy procedure include redness, inflammation, swelling, rash formation, discomfort, paresthesias, and thermal burns.

What can someone expect from the results of LED light therapy?

The results of LED light therapy may be noticeable in as little as one treatment, or multiple treatments depending on a myriad factors. Once the desired aesthetic is achieved the results are lasting.

What is the average cost of LED light therapy?

A LED light therapy procedure can cost anywhere from $25 to $250. The actual cost of LED light therapy is dependent upon location, board certified provider, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.

Pros

Non-invasiveImproves skin tone & textureAt-home devices available

Cons

Subtle resultsRegular maintenance needed

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


LED light therapy is a non-surgical skin resurfacing procedure. Here is a general guide for what to expect before, during, and after LED light therapy use:

The Takeaway


LED light therapy is a noninvasive skin resurfacing treatment to treat numerous common skin conditions, skin lesions, and skin tone and texture concerns.

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  1. American Academy of Dermatology Many Ways to Firm Sagging Skin
  2. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Skin Tightening americanboardofcosmeticsurgery.org
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