LED Red Light Therapy
LED Red Light Therapy is a very simple yet effective treatment that helps to boost collagen in the skin and reduce inflammation. People using LED Red Light Therapy report an improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, pore size, pigmentation and redness. People also report a reduction in skin blemishes in acne-prone skin. Other benefits include faster wound healing making it a good treatment to combine with Dermal Fillers or Micro-Needling / Dermaroller.
Each treatment is painless and lasts for around 20 minutes. It simply involves lying under a medical device with a specialist lamp made up of hundreds of Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) which emit a very bright red light. It's a very safe treatment as it is not a laser and it is not ultraviolet light, so it has no long term harmful effects. Studies show that repeated weekly courses of intense red light helps to stimulate collagen production resulting in fresher, brighter looking skin. LED Red Light Therapy gives best results with once weekly treatments for 6 weeks. The benefits of LED Red Light Therapy usually last for 3 - 4 months, depending on the person's skin & lifestyle.
There is no down-time after LED Red Light Therapy. However, please avoid applying make-up for 24 hours, and restrict sun exposure for several weeks.
Most people will benefit from LED Red Light Therapy. However, it is contraindicated in people with photosensitive skin disorders, through drugs or illness. Cosmetic Treatments are only available for people aged 18 years and over.
In Dermatology, when LED Red Light Therapy is combined with a photosensitizing cream it is called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and is used to treat sun damaged skin including pre-cancers (Actinic Keratosis) and some thin Low Grade Skin Cancers (Bowen's Disease and Superficial Basal Cell Carcinoma). As PDT only targets and destroys damaged and abnormal skin cells, it leaves behind healthy tissue which quickly regenerates, giving an excellent cosmetic result.
Dr Anne Ward is a co-author for the British Association of Dermatologist's UK National Guidelines for Photodynamic Therapy 2019.