When I think of lasers, I think of Jamiroquai. If the lasers and Jamiroquai connection isn’t obvious, then you might need to fire up your Apple music or your Spotify and get to listening to “Feels Just Like It Should”. That oldie, but goodie, should satisfy your need for some kind of inspiration, imho. Anyway, a little music never hurt anyone. In fact, quite the contrary. As one of my readers, I already know you’re one of the clever ones, so you already suspected it, but did you know that there are proven health benefits from listening to music? Remember to trust your gut, you beautiful person you, your suspicions were right all along! What about lasers though? Wasn’t that what we were talking about? Back to the lasers then!
Laser skin treatments are not a new thing, but there is something new about these treatments that’s getting increasingly popular – laser light treatment for skin imperfections, such as acne inflamation, loss of elasticity, and that horrible of all horribles, dullness.
Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) is a technology that uses our skin’s natural response to light as a way to treat problematic skin conditions. The mechanics of it work like this: therapeutic wavelengths of light energy carry photons to the skin. These photons are then absorbed by skin cells. This activates diverse signaling pathways, which supposedly shake awake skin stem cells. When your stem cells kick in, increased tissue repair and healing happens. But this isn’t science fiction. LLLT has already had great success in dermatology to treat wrinkles, acne, scars, and even burns.
LLLT was Discovered in the late 1960s, but it has only just recently come into its heyday. Why the decades of waiting? The key to this light therapy really working on a larger and more effective scale was the introduction of the LED light, aka light emitting diode. These days LED lights are everywhere, from your mobile phone and computer to ATMs and even childrens’ toys. In short, LED lights are just computer chips encased in a resin, something like glass, controlled by a computer, with the function that allows them to light up. The big change that happened was that LED lights have been introduced where previously a simple laser would be used. This change pretty much eliminated any concerns that were typically associated with using laser. Basically, it is much safer to use LED lights than it is to use lasers. This change made Low-level laser light therapy much more accessible. NASA and the Navy Seals were the first to test out the LED light therapy for muscle regeneration and to speed up the healing of wounds. These days though, the technology is more about age reversing and eliminating signs of skin blemishes, like those caused by acne. LED light therapy has gotten so popular that the ever inventive beauty industry has already started selling devices for home use. That’s handy, considering one visit to a “celebrity” salon for a light treatment therapy can cost you almost 300 bucks.
Does it work?
It would appear that the most efficient way to attack skin’s unwanted guests such as wrinkles and inflammations is a combination of various types of LED treatment lights, of which there are three types: amber, blue, and infrared.
- Amber is used to build new collagen and elastin
- blue destroys inflammation-causing bacteria
- infrared accelerates skin recovery
Beside improving wrinkles and acne, LLLT can reduce UV damage from the sun, and even make a difference for those with vitiligo, the loss of skin color in blotches, and psoriasis, the symptoms of which can be dry and itchy skin. The LED light treatment process certainly does sound incredible. It is Non-invasive and almost completely devoid of side-effects, so…
What’s wrong with it?
Something to think about while you are lying on the table under the ultra bright lights of the anti-aging technology of the future available today: LLLT remains controversial as a therapy for 3 principle reasons:
#1. There are uncertainties about the mechanisms responsible for the photons triggering a response from your skin cells. They just aren’t totally sure about the biological effects taking place in the treated tissue.
#2. There are significant differences in how the treatments are administered. Things like wavelength, power density, pulse structure, irradiation time, contact vs non-contact application, repetition regimen and on and on. Lower intensity with some of these things can result in reduced effectiveness of the treatment and higher intensity would almost definitely lead to more damage, not less!
#3. There is a danger that the treatment provider does not have the right experience. They might use the wrong light source or use the wrong dosage (see #2), or they may get lazy when it comes to preparing your skin before performing the light treatment. That could be something as simply as not removing makeup thoroughly, which would interfere with the penetration of the light source. Poor maintenance of LLLT equipment would also throw a wrench in the gears. Assuming the best case scenario, all these mistakes could mean one thing for you: money = wasted.
As usual, don’t just take my word for it. To find out more about light therapy, you can see what the National Institute of Health has to say at this link where provide a study about the effects of LLLT.
All in all, I’m for exploring light therapy but do please choose carefully before doing any kind of procedure and always make sure that you are in the hands of a licensed specialist!
Until next time, my dear reader!