Light-emitting diode (LED) treatment is one of the most advanced modern wrinkle treatments that has become more widespread every day. Although this new type of therapy, which is also called PDT – short for photodynamic therapy – does not replace the normal necessities of skin care such as sunscreen and anti aging balms, it provides a powerful new option to complement traditional skin care and anti aging treatments.
This treatment can either by performed by a doctor with high powered instruments, or with less powerful but less expensive handheld devices in the comfort of your own home. You will have to weigh the benefits and drawbacks of each treatment type. LED therapy is not a miracle treatment, but if you give it time to work, then you might be very surprised and pleased with the results.
Red Light Therapy for Wrinkles
How It Works: To maintain its youthful appearance, skin cells need to be constantly producing more collagen, which is a fatty substance that lends to bounciness and smoothness to skin. As the skin cells age and are damaged by the environment and the sun, they gradually lose the ability to produce new collagen, which leads to wrinkles and other types of skin damage. However, when treated with red light LEDs, the skin becomes better able to absorb nutrients and compounds that it can use to produce additional collagen, which is how LED treatment helps maintain youthful skin. There is also a secondary effect that can help to reduce chronic acne, because red light LEDs reduce the production of cytokines, which are compounds found in oil glands that contribute to acne.
Red Light Therapy Might Be Right for You If: You need a skin treatment option that can help to reduce typical skin aging symptoms such as eye wrinkles or crow’s feet. You need an acne and wrinkle reduction treatment that does not have risks of negative side effects like many medications You want a treatment option that does not require any downtime or recuperation time.
Potential Red Light Therapy Drawbacks: Red light therapy can not treat acne causing bacteria that are the underlying reason for many types of acne. Another potential downside is that red light therapy requires continuous application of the treatment for several months in order for the effects to be realized. There are no current concerns about possible long term negative effects of red light treatment. This type of therapy has not been around long enough for these effects to be realized if they take a long time to appear. The cost of the treatment can also be quite high when it is done by a medical professional – the price can range up to $200 per visit, although it could be lower or higher based on the treatment options that you desire.
Red Light LED Device Brand Names: Acnelamp (hand held and table top), Omnilux Revive, Omnilux Red
Red Light LED Devices For the Home
Since this treatment is relatively new, it can be hard to tell which device manufacturers are legitimate operations with good customer service and which are fly by night operations that will not be responsible if the product breaks or does not work as advertised. Additionally, due to regulatory laws, you can not buy LED machines that will emit light of the same strength as the machines that dermatologists can operate in their offices. These regulations are in place because overtreating with red LED light can lead to other types of skin damage. So, you will have to treat more often if you purchase a device for home use, but you will have to be careful not to overuse it.
Despite this, it is sometimes possible to find red light LED devices that do match the strength of dermatologist machines, but you should be careful when purchasing these since you may not be protected in terms of legal responsibility when using these machines if you are injured or your skin is damaged.
Another thing that is very important to remember is that red light LEDs can be damaging to your eyes if you do not wear eye protection. For this reason, it is important to always wear protective goggles when using these devices. Your dermatologist will provide them for you, but you will have to purchase your own if you purchase a home use device. And remember, it is not only your eyes you have to worry about – you should use the device in a room that your children and pets can not get into, because it can damage their eyes as well, especially since they may not know to look away as there is no pain from the light.
You should also be careful not to be misled by some devices that may claim to be “FDA approved” because all that means it that the device is not dangerous or damaging. It does not mean that the device works as claimed. You should always check for scientific papers and endorsements from dermatologists.