LED Red Light Therapy for Wrinkle Reduction

by Ashley Brooks

LED red light therapy is an effective, noninvasive method to treat facial wrinkles. You can either receive light therapy treatments (also called photorejuvenation) from a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon, or you can use a number of hand-held devices at home. Remember, before performing any medical procedure, you should first consult a doctor or dermatologist to ensure that the treatments are safe for you.

Facial Light Therapy

According to the article, "Facial Light Therapy" at Wrinkle-Free-Skin-Tips.com, LED red light therapy works by fostering the production of collagen and elastin, two chemicals that increase elasticity and smoothness. Collagen and elastin also make skin more firm and supple, therefore reducing the appearance of wrinkles and in some cases slowing their development. LED light therapy can also increase circulation in the skin, which in turn creates new skin cells and provides healthier, less-aged skin.

Procedure

Depending on which device you choose, the basics of LED red light therapy are the same. First, be sure to read the instructions that come with the device. LED light therapy products have different frequencies (measured in nanometers) which determine how long your treatment will last. In some cases, you may need to have a timer or stopwatch handy to ensure you don't over-treat your skin.

You want to wash your face with a mild cleanser and dry off by blotting it with a towel. Turn on the device and follow the instructions. If you're going to a dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon's office to receive the treatment, it is much the same except they will use a much larger device and apply it for you.

According to the article, "A Hand at Light Therapy Machines" by Alexandra Drosu, when testing a Tända Regenerate Anti-Aging Light Therapy Treatment versus the Pretika Light Sonic Pulsating Light Skin Care System, the Tanda proved more effective at reducing wrinkles and fine lines although it had a higher price.

Risks

Because LED red light therapy is a noninvasive procedure, there are very few risks involved. However, if you have any skin inflammations, open wounds, rashes, or other severe blemishes, you should first consult with a dermatologist before undergoing LED red light therapy for wrinkle reduction. You should also take special care to follow the directions included with your device if you choose to utilize a do-it-yourself home procedure.

About the Author

Ashley 'Ash' Brooks is a writer living in the Midwest. She has worked in the writing industry for over five years as a writer, editor and teacher. Brooks enjoys writing about animals (preferably cats), mental health, spirituality and computers. She has been published on Ehow.com. Brooks has a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and a Master' of Arts in composition and rhetoric,