Light therapy with blue light
In the skin are oil glands that lubricate our skin and hair to prevent the skin from drying up. Blue light therapy treats the oil glands as they can sometimes overreact by inevitably producing more oil, leading to acne and oily skin. Managing them makes them less active, which means fewer acne breakouts. This therapy has also been proven to eliminate acne-causing bacteria and radically improve the healing of third-degree burns.
Sometimes blue and red light is used in conjuncture to:
- Help treat acne
- Decrease scarring
- Promote anti-inflammatory effects.
Light therapy with the red light
Red light therapy works by radically enhancing the rejuvenating function of mitochondria, thereby increasing cell energy, inevitably leading to more cell rejuvenation and repair. This treatment stimulates collagen proteins that make the skin look smoother, plumper, and produce a rosier glow reducing the appearance of fine lines and premature wrinkles. Red LED light is also thought to reduce severe inflammation while improving blood circulation on the skin.
Light therapy with infrared light
Infrared light therapy works by stimulating the skin to rejuvenate. This therapy helps reduce the deep lines and wrinkles on your skin and promotes the growth of collagen, making your skin look smooth, plump, and glowing.
Light therapy with the green light
Darker areas of the skin characterize unwanted pigment problems (brown spots or freckles) and hyperpigmentation. This is a result of the overproduction of pigment (melanin) in the sensitive skin. Green light therapy irreversibly inhibits excess production of melanin and breaks up the melanin cluster on the skin to greatly reduce the discoloration. This results in a beautifully even skin tone. Green light therapy also sterilizes the skin and increases cell growth leaving you with silky, healthy, and luminous skin.
Light therapy treatment
Frequently Asked Questions
Even though light therapy ensures treatments for some harsh conditions, it is incorrectly considered a cosmetic procedure. Currently, some insurance plans cover the light therapy procedures, but with the numerous changes made in insurance plans, it is advisable to contact your insurance carrier to confirm your eligibility.
Even with insurance cover, there are increased charges above the routine office visit fees depending on the area to be treated, the number of critical treatments, and the type of personal insurance you have.
However, without insurance, the cost for each session depends on the size and condition of the area being treated.
After scheduling an appointment, a dermatologist will first examine you to tell whether you are an ideal candidate for the treatment. He/She will also inform you of the type of light you will use, what to expect, and the number of treatments you may need. You will be advised to avoid using retinol and other skincare products that thin your skin, tanning bed, and prolonged exposure to the sun.
The light therapy procedure will be scheduled a few days to two weeks after the appointment with the dermatologist.
One patient is always different from the other. Most patients report mild dryness and tight feeling on their skin is relieved by applying topical emollients or Vaseline.
An extremely minute percentage of patients, however, merely complain of suffering significant pain, exaggerated sunburn, and overall discomfort. If this happens, the doctor may prescribe some pain medication.
Although light therapy treatment is a minor procedure that most patients tolerate easily, it comes with some possible minor risks and complications. Since a light-sensitive reaction is expected, not every patient gets a sunburn reaction. Some do not even get the redness or discoloration of the skin.
There are, however, possible complications that come from a light therapy treatment, including; skin discoloration, telangiectasia, pain, infection, blisters, prolonged sun sensitivity, an allergic reaction, and eye swelling.