Recent studies have demonstrated the beneficial effects of light emitting diode (LED) therapy using certain wavelengths of light to promote health and well being.

Photons, or packets of light, can be absorbed by light absorbing molecules in cells and tissues and used therapeutically. Of important note, unlike ‘tanning beds’, there is absolutely no use of ultraviolet radiation with this modality which eliminates risks of cancer-causing radiation.

When cells throughout the body absorb certain beneficial wavelengths of light two very important things happen: 1) cells produce more energy so biological systems can perform more efficiently and 2) important cellular signals are generated for growth, repair, healing, protection, performance and reduction of pain.

The American Academy of Dermatology deems this procedure and use of this technology safe. Since LEDs don’t contain UV rays, this is considered a safer form of light therapy that won’t cause long-term damage to your skin. The procedure is also noninvasive and has few risks. If you currently use Accutane for acne, be advised that this powerful drug derived from vitamin A increases your skin’s sensitivity to light and may cause scarring in some instances. Do not use LED light therapy if you’re using anything on your skin that makes you sensitive to sunlight.

LED light therapy is noninvasive, so no recovery time is required. You should be able to continue with your everyday activities once your treatment is over. In-office LED light therapy requires up to 10 sessions or more, each spaced out about a week apart. You may start to see minor results after your first session. 

Even after you’ve achieved the recommended number of sessions, your results aren’t permanent. As your skin cells turn over, you may lose some collagen and start to see signs of aging again. You may also start to see acne breakouts. This is why it’s recommended that you go back for maintenance treatments every few months or as recommended by your medical provider. Please feel free to schedule a consultation for more information.