Light Therapy: What’s Involved?

June 20, 2023
Light Therapy: What’s Involved
written by Helen Hunt

You’ve heard about Botox and dermal fillers, but when it comes to skin care treatment – you might not have heard of light therapy. Skin care treatment is expansive, and various new techniques have recently emerged to address skin concerns, one of which is low-level light therapy. But what exactly is this innovative new skin care treatment, and how does it work?


Understanding light therapy

Light therapy is a non-invasive procedure that utilises different wavelengths of light to rejuvenate the skin. Also known as phototherapy, light therapy harnesses the power of these light wavelengths to target problem areas of skin.


The science behind light therapy

Light therapy works as a skin care treatment by triggering photobiomodulation – a process in which light energy is absorbed by cells and initiates biochemical reactions. This interaction stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins crucial for maintaining skin elasticity and firmness.

Light therapy can also reduce inflammation, and kill the bacteria that cause acne. This happens because the light produces reactive forms of oxygen that are highly toxic to simple microbial cells. Similarly, this light can also create a more youthful and rejuvenated complexion by piercing into the haemoglobin molecules that exist within red blood cells. The light causes a chemical release of nitric oxide which, in turn, reacts with blood vessel walls to make them relax, prompting more blood flow toward that region.


Types of blood vessel

When it comes to light therapy as a skin care treatment, there are different light colours that are each tailored to target a specific skin problem. From acne to anti-ageing, there’s a different light setting for every condition.


Red light therapy

With a wavelength between 620 and 700 nanometers, red light penetrates deep into the skin, promoting collagen production and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also aids in healing wounds and scars.


Blue light therapy

Blue light, ranging from 405 to 420 nanometers, targets the bacteria responsible for acne. By destroying the bacteria, blue light therapy helps minimise breakouts and promotes a clearer complexion.


Yellow light therapy

Yellow light has a wavelength of 590 to 620 nanometers. It improves the overall skin tone and texture. It helps reduce redness, inflammation, and pigmentation issues, resulting in a more even and balanced complexion


Light therapy and dermal fillers: A winning combination

While light therapy can provide impressive results on its own, combining it with dermal fillers can amplify the outcomes.

Dermal fillers add volume and plumpness to the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and restoring youthful contours. When used in conjunction with light therapy, dermal fillers can complement the skin-rejuvenating effects by providing structural support and enhancing the overall appearance.


Enhanced collagen production

Light therapy stimulates collagen production, which plays a vital role in maintaining the skin’s firmness and elasticity. When dermal fillers are used alongside light therapy, they provide additional support to the newly produced collagen, resulting in a more pronounced lifting and volumising effect.


Improved skin texture and tone

Combining light therapy with dermal fillers can help address multiple concerns simultaneously. While light therapy works to improve skin texture, tone, and pigmentation, dermal fillers can smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, giving the skin a more refined and youthful appearance.


Optimal and long-lasting results

By combining light therapy with dermal fillers, you can achieve longer-lasting results. Light therapy stimulates the skin’s natural rejuvenation processes, enhancing the longevity of dermal fillers by improving collagen production and overall skin health.


Quality skin care treatments from Helen Hunt Aesthetics

If you’ve got a skin concern that you’d like to address, you might benefit from our low-level light therapy treatment here at Helen Hunt Aesthetics.

We will carefully evaluate your skin at an initial consultation, tailoring the perfect treatment plan bespoke to you. Get in touch with us to book your free, no-obligation consultation today.

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