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LED + INFRARED THERAPY

Treat a range of skincare concerns and aid in post operative recovery

LED + INFRARED THERAPY

Light emitting diode (LED) therapy is a skincare treatment that uses varying wavelengths of light to painlessly treat a range of skincare concerns and aid in post operative recovery.

NASA originally developed LED therapy for plant growth experiments on shuttle missions and later found it to offer benefits for wound treatments. The U.S. Navy SEALs began using it in the 1990s to help heal wounds quickly and to help regenerate damaged muscle tissues. Red, or infrared, light is used for treating the epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin. When the light is applied to your skin, the epidermis absorbs it and then stimulates collagen proteins.

LED light therapy is now utilised in aesthetic medicine to refresh aging skin, reduce bruising and swelling – while boosting facial therapy results.

  • reduce bruising and inflammation
  • promote anti-aging effects
  • boost facial therapy results
  • refine skin texture and tone

Our dermal therapists love LED therapy because it is:

  • Quick
  • Painless
  • Non invasive
  • Cost effective
Just like plants, our skin and other body tissues have the ability to absorb light and convert it into energy. LED light therapy delivers light energy in a similar way plants absorb light energy from the sun. LED emits UV-free, beneficial light energy to the skin. When this beneficial light is applied directly to the skin it can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, temporarily increase blood circulation, and aid in post operative healing and recovery.

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Frequently asked questions about LED + INFRARED THERAPY

How long does an LED treatment session take?

LED or infrared session times vary depending on the treatment, but on average it take about 20 minutes as a stand alone treatment. When added to a facial therapy, it takes 5-10 minutes.  LED therapy is a true ‘lunch break’ treatment as it can be completed during a work break or at the end of your work day without causing too much disruption to your schedule.

How many LED sessions will I need to see results?

You’ll need to go back once a week for up to 10 weeks, then only once every few months.

Is LED therapy safe?

It is very safe and can be used regularly. Unlike other types of light therapy, LED does not contain ultraviolet rays so it won’t burn or pigment your skin. It is safe for all skin colours and skin types.

You should not use LED light therapy if you take Accutane for acne or if you’re experiencing some skin irritations – discuss this with your clinician during your consultation so they are aware of any factors that might impact your treatment.

Side effects are rare, but may include increased inflammation, redness, and rashes.

How does clinic LED treatment differ from at-home treatment?

At-home LED devices are available at our clinic for your convenience, for maintenance between your treatments, which can help boost your results. When used as a standalone treatment without clinic LED clinical sessions, the only downside is that the results may not be as dramatic, as our in-clinic LED is more powerful. Home devices use lower frequencies and therefore aren’t a substitute for in-clinic treatments. Ask us about our LED hand-held devices for home use!

How much does LED therapy cost?

LED therapy is integrated as a complementary component of some of our specialised facials, due to its skin boosting effects when combined with the active ingredients in our facials. View our facial menu here

Many patients also opt to have LED treatment as a stand alone therapy.

Costs are:

20   Minute treatment single session                $45

20   Minute treatment x 5 session package     $200

Medicare and private health insurance will not cover LED light therapy.

While LED light therapy can technically be used on any part of the body, its most commonly used to treat the face. Skin damage and premature aging tends to occur to your face because it is exposed to the elements more than other body parts. LED therapy can also be used on the arms, neck and chest, which are other areas that tend to show signs of ageing.

How to find LED therapy in Brisbane

Professional LED light therapy will get you the most dramatic results. It may also be used in conjunction with other skin therapies, such as microdermabrasion. While this treatment doesn’t have to be performed by a doctor, an aesthetic clinic that operates under the guidance of an on-site doctor or surgeon will usually only offer science-based treatments that offer measurable results, performed to the highest standards - offering you peace of mind. All treatments in our Brisbane and Ipswich cosmetic clinics are chosen in consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr David Sharp, to deliver the best possible results for both our non surgical and surgical patients.

LED THERAPY FOR LINES AND WRINKLES

Red light therapy is a therapeutic technique that uses red low-level wavelengths of light to treat skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, and persistent wounds, among other conditions.

When used as directed, LED light therapy can improve your skin over time. Red, or infrared, light is used for treating the epidermis, which is the outer layer of skin. When the light is applied to your skin, the epidermis absorbs it and then stimulates collagen proteins. In theory, more collagen means that your skin will look smoother and fuller, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Red LED light is also thought to reduce inflammation while improving circulation, which can give you a healthier glow.

Sometimes treatment sessions involve lying down directly under the lights, while others use LED light-infused wands directly over your skin. The choice often depends on the treatment area.

You’ll need maintenance treatments to maintain your results; your clinician can advise of the number of treatments required to achieve your desired improvements, but on average this ranges anywhere from 4 to 8 sessions. it’s recommended that you go back for maintenance treatments every few months or as recommended by your provider.

LED THERAPY FOR POST SURGERY RECOVERY

In the early 1990s, red light therapy was used by scientists to help grow plants in space. The scientists found that the intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) helped promote growth and photosynthesis of plant cells. Red light was also studied for its potential application in medicine, more specifically to find out if it could increase energy inside human cells. Research has shown LED to accelerate wound healing, improve recovery from injury in the heart and attenuate degeneration in the injured optic nerve.

Recent evidence indicates that the therapeutic effects of red to near infrared light result, is in part, from intracellular signalling mechanisms triggered by the interaction of NIR light with the mitochondrial photoacceptor molecule cytochrome c oxidase. Photobiomodulation improves wound healing by promoting healing. By increasing the function of the mitochondria using red light therapy, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage.

How does red light therapy work?

Red light is thought to work by producing a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, where its energy is created. The energy carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
LED or infrared therapy is different from laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies because it doesn’t cause damage to the skin surface. Laser and pulsed light therapies work by causing controlled damage to the outer layer of the skin, which then induces tissue repair. LED bypasses this harsh step by directly stimulating regeneration of the skin. There’s evidence to suggest that red light therapy may have the following benefits:
  • improves skin complexion and builds collagen
  • promotes wound healing and tissue repair
  • stimulates healing of slow-healing wounds
  • reduces psoriasis lesions
  • helps to treat sun damage
  • relieves pain and inflammation
Red light therapy (RLT) is also known by other names, including:
  • photobiomodulation (PBM)
  • low level light therapy (LLLT)
  • soft laser therapy
  • cold laser therapy
  • biostimulation
  • photonic stimulation
  • low-power laser therapy (LPLT)

LED therapy doesn’t reduce the appearance of old scars; if you have concerns about scarring, please talk to us about alternatives such as Fraxel laser.

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