Light emitting diode (LED) light therapy is growing in popularity in both aesthetician offices and at home. Using varying LED wavelengths, this skincare technique purportedly helps:
promote anti-aging effects
You may be a candidate for LED light therapy if you have these types of skincare concerns and haven’t gotten the results you want from over-the-counter (OTC) skin products. LED therapy is also safe for all skin colors, and it doesn’t cause any burning.
However, there are a few potential drawbacks. Here are several:
LED therapy can be expensive.
The results aren’t guaranteed.
It’s also not safe if you take certain medications or have an active skin disorder.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THERAPY
LED light therapy is noninvasive, so no recovery time is required. You should be able to continue with your everyday activities once your treatment is over.
In-office LED light therapy requires up to 10 sessions or more, each spaced out about a week apart. You may start to see minor results after your first session. Results will be more dramatic and noticeable once you’ve finished all of your treatments.
Even after you’ve achieved the recommended number of sessions, your results aren’t permanent.
As your skin cells turn over, you may lose some collagen and start to see signs of aging again. You may also start to see acne breakouts. This is why it’s recommended that you go back for maintenance treatments every few months or as recommended by your provider.
Home LED light therapy treatments aren’t as dramatic because the light frequencies aren’t as high. You should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR LED THERAPY
Each in-office LED light therapy session takes about 20 minutes at a time. You’ll need to wear protective goggles so that the light doesn’t cause any damage to your eyes. Whether you’re using LED lights at home or seeing a provider for treatment, you should not wear any makeup during your session.
ARE THERE RISKS/SIDE EFFECTS?
Since LEDs don’t contain UV rays, this is considered a safer form of light therapy that won’t cause long-term damage to your skin. The procedure is also noninvasive and has few risks.