Light-emitting diode (LED) therapy has been a mainstay in the medical and cosmetic fields since NASA started studying its ability to help heal and grow tissues and cells in the 1990s.
Rick J. Smith, MD, our board-certified plastic surgeon, is a big believer in the power of LED light therapy and recommends it for our patients throughout East Lansing, Michigan, looking for noninvasive ways to boost their collagen and elastin production. Keep reading to learn what he says about this effective treatment and how it can repair sun damage, treat skin conditions, and make you look years younger.
Breaking down LED light
Dive into the world of LED light therapy, where colors play a vital role in rejuvenating your skin. With a spectrum of wavelengths to work with, each hue penetrates a different skin layer. Blue light gently caresses the top layer while red light ventures even farther, and near-infrared plunges to the depths of the dermis.
These color-coded lights have unique abilities. Red LED is a master at reducing inflammation and boosting collagen for youthful skin, while blue chases away pesky acne-causing bacteria. Dr. Smith and our expert team of skin care professionals determine the right mix of LED lights to address your skin concerns.
How LED light therapy stimulates collagen and elastin
Collagen and elastin are abundant proteins your body naturally produces. But in your mid-20s, your production slows down, and eventually, you begin noticing the effects — wrinkles, lines, saggy skin, and dryness.
There are several ways to turn your collagen and elastin factories back on, but most involve invasive or minimally invasive treatments. LED light therapy boosts your protein production without breaching your skin by using the power of light.
For example, the wavelengths in blue light trigger oxygen radicals, which eliminate bacteria, so it’s great for acne. Studies show that red and near-infrared light penetrates deeply and activates the fibroblast growth factors in your skin cells, generating collagen and elastin. A cascading response of increased collagen synthesis and blood flow restores your supply of these essential proteins and reduces the effects of deficient collagen and elastin. In short, it reduces your wrinkles.
Conditions we treat with LED light therapy
Our esthetician treats a variety of skin conditions with LED light therapy. First, she examines your skin and discusses your symptoms before recommending a treatment. We offer a comprehensive array of cosmetic services, and you may be a good candidate for several. Talk to Dr. Smith and his team about your aesthetic goals and expectations so they can pair you with the best solution for your skin.
Here are some of the many conditions LED light therapy treats:
- Sun damage
- Actinic keratosis
- Mild-to-moderate acne
Keep in mind that LED light therapy doesn’t provide instant results and typically requires several treatments before results appear. However, it’s painless, quick, and requires no downtime.
Contact us at Rick J. Smith, MD, to learn more about LED light therapy and our many other skin care solutions.