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Low Level Light Therapy

How should I prepare for my treatment?

  • The light must be close proximity to the treatment area, so skin should be free of clothing and makeup.

  • Eye protection is required and will be provided.

  • Contraindications: Avoid use for children under 12, or over the breast or stomach of a breast-feeding or pregnant person, if the patient is using photosensitizing drugs like Accutane, receiving steroid injections, or history of seizures.

What does the treatment consist of?

Originally developed by NASA, low level light therapy, or photobiomodulation, is based on Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology and is the application of light to the body for therapeutic benefits.  Typically, the treatment consists of 12 sessions spread over four weeks, allowing three treatments per week.  For acne, seek therapy at the first sign of a break out.  LED light therapy does not contain UV rays, so it is suitable for regular use and is also safe for all types and colors of skin.  This treatment is for all skin types and is non-ablative, non-invasive, painless, and requires no downtime.

Depending upon the reason for treatment you will be in a position that is most comfortable for the user - seated or lying comfortably.  Once positioned, clients are encouraged to relax, meditate, do breath work, or listen to relaxing music.  Normal activities can be resumed immediately after use. 

How does it work?

Using varying wavelengths of LED light penetrate the body at different depths.  For example, blue LED light reduces the activity of sebaceous glands, which are small oil-producing glands in the skin.  This reduction in activity causes the glands to produce less oil, possibly improving acne symptoms.  The blue light has been shown to kill a type of bacteria that contributes to acne by causing inflammation in the skin.  The red light is believed to act on fibroblasts, which are the skin cells responsible for collagen production, thereby improving scarring and signs of aging.  Additionally the red light increases the activity of the mitochondria inside of the cells.  The mitochondria are considered the powerhouse of the cell and this stimulation allows for tissue repair and pain control.

Benefits of Low Level Light Therapy

  • Mild to Moderate Acne Vulgaris

  • Superficial Vasular & Pigment Lesions

  • Periorbital Wrinkles & Rhytides (fine lines)

  • Sub-optimal Local Blood Circulation

  • Wound Healing

  • Minor Muscle and Joint Aches & Pain

  • Arthritis Pain & Stiffness

  • Muscle Spasms

  • Minor Chronic Neck & Shoulder Pain

  • Hair Regrowth

Research Spotlight

NASA Spinoff

Wound Healing

Applications In Orthopedics

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