Welcome to another of my BLOGS this time on L.E.D. Light Facial Therapy! A few of my last few BLOGS have been introduced to a brief look into the history of the some of the Aesthetic Beauty Treatments available, this is another example where History records for us the beginning or foundation for L.E.D Light Facial Therapy. I appreciate that not everyone may be interested in the early beginnings of a particular type of treatment, however, this example also develops into a more critically acclaimed procedure and therefore is significant in that it has scientifically proven application.
In 1500 B.C the Egyptians and the Greeks first noted that light had healing properties – the premise they suggested was that exposure to light would restore health.
However, it was not until the early 20th century that light therapy became more well known due to a physician called Niels Ryberg Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize (1903) in Medicine and Physiology. The recognition was largely in part due to his treatment of diseases but specifically lupus vulgaris (Lupus vulgaris (also known as tuberculosis luposa) are painful cutaneous tuberculosis skin lesions with nodular appearance, most often on the face around the nose, eyelids, lips, cheeks, ears, and neck. It is the most common Mycobacterium tuberculosis skin infection.) source Wikipedia. Finsen used concentrated light radiation and this technique or procedure would soon become more popular and NASA developed their HEALS and WARP technology firstly used in the study of plant growth in space and then for use with astronauts responding to muscular health, later this would also investigate using the technology in responding to cancer.
In the 1960’s onwards L.E.D WAS USED IN Eastern Europe for treating chronic pain, soft tissue injury, arthritis and other medical conditions. In the USA, the methodology was used in animals to treat joint and soft tissue injuries. The 1980’s saw medical developments using Red and infrared light therapy which saw positive results in healing properties but also impacted and improved superficial cosmetic conditions. As research developed and light therapy studied more intensely results from Blue light therapy it has been used effectively in the treatment of certain conditions which include gout, psoriasis, improve and stimulate the immune system, acne bursitis, SADS (Seasonal Effect Disorder) and other conditions as well. In the sporting arena, physical therapists reported that athletes recover 50 times quicker when L.E.D therapy has been used.
So, in terms of L.E.D Light therapy the question that people will want to know is what it is and what does it do! Essentially the light delivers energy to the cells of the skin and that, crucially, boosts, encourages, and promotes the growth of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. These three are found naturally in our bodies but as the ageing process takes hold, they begin to decrease which means that the signs of ageing become increasingly more visible. When the appropriate light is focused and concentrated on targeted areas of the skin (various wavelengths are used), this will be at different depths this helps with the healing and rejuvenation of the skin. (To help us understand this one expert suggested we consider the process of when our skin tans when exposed to the sun – UV light – our skin cells absorb the light when L.E.D light therapy is applied, which results in changes in enzyme reactions and producing the desired result).
One of the most obvious benefits of this treatment or dual benefits is that is non-invasive and there is no downtime (significant recovery period), and it can be used as a complementary procedure with either microdermabrasion or dermaplaning. But it has many more benefits that should be considered. It is used for treating Eczema, Acne and Psoriasis! However, it is just those with serious skin conditions that may benefit from this treatment.
So, in addition to the conditions already mentioned rosacea can also be treated. For those seeking to reduce the signs of ageing this will help improve the texture and tone of the skin. Collagen and elastin, hyaluronic acid levels are promoted and therefore increased (I cited this earlier), sun damage, freckles and age spots become less noticeable. The treatment will also prevent sunburn (that does not mean that you should forego using appropriate sunscreen). Fine lines and wrinkles will be reduced. Cell detoxification, blood circulation and lymphatic drainage will be improved and increased. This means that your body is functioning better as toxins are removed. Bruising, inflammation, and swelling arising from certain medical conditions and sporting injuries will also be reduced. These are just some of the health benefits that L.E.D light therapy offers. However, it will also provide a potential client with a healthier skin. Some of the key points to a healthier skin have already been alluded too but additionally the treatment will strengthen the blood capillaries, the skins protective cells will be boosted and following the treatment skin care products (always consult your practitioner as to which are cost effective and provide the best results) will be more readily absorbed into the skin. It is worth noting here that following this treatment (being exposed to wavelengths of light) skin cells grow faster but as much as 150-200% – this is after only 15 minutes of a client being treated.
When you have a consultation with your practitioner, they will advise on the best form of treatment available subject to your skin’s condition and expected outcome. They may also explain which type of light is best suited to you. This treatment is suitable for all skin types and skin tones and therefore all potential clients will be able to take advantage of the treatment, unless medical history reveals or suggests certain restrictive factors (a practitioner will advise on this).
As with all aesthetic treatments after care advice is essential to gain the maximum potential of any treatment. These should be strictly adhered too as if they are not the results or expected outcome will not be seen and some damage may occur (or contraindication may be encouraged due to poor application of good advice). Following this treatment, you should be advised to avoid using make-up and touching the area treated for a minimum of 24 hours. Although using a moisturiser or sunscreen (using a good or higher SPF than normal will be beneficial. Sunbeds, saunas, and steam rooms (any heat treatments) again should be avoided for 24 hours. Swimming is also advised against and in this case for 48 hours. Your practitioner should also advise about using a good skin care routine following the treatment, this should include advice on the best and most suitable products available. Further treatments can be suggested but not until 7 days after the initial treatment. There is one word of warning Erythema can occur, usually within 24-48 hours (Erythema is a type of skin rash caused by injured or inflamed blood capillaries. It usually occurs in response to a drug, disease, or infection. Rash severity ranges from mild to life threatening. – source Wikipedia). This usually disappears, however, if symptoms persist then medical assistance should be sought, calling your doctor, or attending your local hospital, where they will either advise or treat the condition if necessary.
Finally, as with all my other BLOGS always research and find a qualified and trained professional for this treatment. Not all Aesthetic practitioners are trained in all procedures. Word of mouth recommendations are always a positive way to provide reassurance and peace of mind but research and asking questions will also enable a potential client of finding the best salon or clinic available in your area.