I’m excited to announce new LED treatments to the clinic! My choice of LED is Celluma Pro.
Celluma is quite unlike any other low-level light therapy device available today. It is widely used by chiropractors, acupuncturists, wellness practitioners and skin specialists to treat a variety of musculoskeletal and skin conditions. Based on scientific research pioneered by NASA, the Celluma is a specialized light energy device FDA Cleared to treat: Diminished Local Blood Circulation, Muscle & Joint Stiffness, Muscle Tissue Tension, Muscle & Joint Pain, Muscle Spasm, Arthritis, Wrinkles and Inflammatory Acne Vulgaris. Celluma is also CE Certified in the European Union as a Dermal Wound Healing device.
Patented, pulsed-wave technology controlled by proprietary software algorithms add to the applicability of the Celluma. It is a polychromatic device that delivers blue (465nm), red (640nm) and infrared (880nm) light energy simultaneously to safely treat a wide variety of conditions easily and affordably, both in a professional setting and at home. Each wavelength is absorbed by different molecules that act as a signaling mechanism for different cellular processes. For example, some reduce inflammation and some kill bacteria, while others enhance localized circulation.
Its unique flexible design and extra-large light panel (over 15” x 8”), facilitates effective energy absorption by tissue and molds closely to the body to enhance energy delivery. Its flexibility affords previously considered “awkward” areas such as elbows, shoulders or ankles to be treated with ease. In addition, Celluma’s portable, affordable, lightweight design permits easy and frequent use.
What does Red LED do?
Red LED stimulates collagen and elastin production and tissue repair which can reduce and even reverse the effects of aging and damage to skin and other bodily tissues. It does this by activating the cellular renewal process, while restoring and protecting the surface of the skin. The effectiveness of using red and infrared light therapy to stimulate rejuvenation in damaged tissues has been documented in more than 2,500 research papers, and approximately 100 double blind studies.
Are Red LED treatments safe?
Red Light Emitting Diode (LED) treatments are completely non-invasive and do not produce any thermal damage or pain. Treatments times are approximately 30 minutes and are generally perceived as pleasant and relaxing.
How does Red LED work?
The Red LED treatment is a gentle and natural procedure much like the process of photosynthesis, also known as photo bio-stimulation, the stimulation of life processes with light. The Celluma system uses both visible red and infrared light energy to stimulate your body’s own regenerative metabolism at the cellular level. By stimulating the body’s tissues to convert light energy into cellular energy (ATP), a Celluma treatment provides the energy your cells can use to:
– accelerate the production of collagen and elastin
– increase cellular permeability, allowing for increased cellular nutrient intake
– increase the removal of excess fluid and waste products from the cells
– increase the production of macrophage (scavenger) cells for the removal of toxins/excess pigment/scar tissue
– increase lymphatic drainage
– increase vascularization (blood flow) to the surface of the skin
Who needs and can benefit from Red LED?
As we all age, our skin loses some its ability to heal and reconstruct itself, components such as collagen and elastin, necessary in maintaining the physical appearance and vitality of skin, decreases in production; scar tissue, toxins and waste build-up (acne, wrinkles, sunspots, hyper-pigmentation, etc.) increases the appearance of physical flaws. Varying frequencies of low-level infrared and visible red light give the skin the necessary aid to reduce these, and many other, signs of aging. These wavelengths of light can also help with pain management, wound healing, and scar reduction.
How is LED light therapy different from laser treatment?
LED light therapy is a skin rejuvenation treatment using non invasive, non ablative Red light therapy, Blue light therapy and Infrared light treatment for anti aging skin care, facial wrinkles, acne treatment, stretch marks and more. LED is a safer, more effective and affordable alternative to laser treatment.
ACNE BLUE LIGHT or LED BLUE LIGHT
Acne Blue Light (or LED Blue Light) is the latest FDA-approved treatment for inflammatory acne (acne vulgaris). This state-of-the-art acne treatment utilizes non-UV light which kills acne bacteria in the skin and repairs cells which were damaged by inflammation.
How Does Blue Light Destroy Acne Bacteria?
Blue Light produces singlet oxygen in the skin, a bactericide that is deadly to P. acnes bacteria which causes acne. The chemical changes inside acne bacteria cause its self-destruction. This eradicates the bacterial colonization in the sebaceous glands. The gland’s sebum production slowly normalizes which reduces body’s immune response. With bacteria absent, skin’s inflammation gradually subsides which is followed by reduction in skin’s redness and pigmentation.
What Else Is Blue Light Used For?
Blue Light Treatment is extremely effective in stimulating the body’s immune response which encourages our own healing processes. Therefore, the treatment can be effectively used by itself or in combination with red light, and/or topical products. Blue light can be used on any part of the body including face, back, chest and buttocks. It is also incorporated in treatment protocols for collagen stimulation, pigmentation, wrinkle reduction and rosacea treatments.
Is Blue Light (LED) Treatment Safe?
Because acne blue light therapy does not emit ultraviolet (UV) rays, unlike other light therapies used in the past for treatment of acne and acne related conditions, it is extremely safe and can be administered in series of multiple treatments.
How Light Energy Works
Specific wavelengths of light energy, when properly absorbed, up-regulates compromised cells. The light (photons) energy is absorbed by photoacceptors in the mitochondria and used to create adenosine triphosphate (ATP). The ATP produced then stimulates various metabolic processes, which can result in the repair and regeneration of cell and tissue components. In an article, “Therapeutic Light” – by Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PT, PhD, FACSM , he wrote “other reported mechanisms of light-induced beneficial effects include modulation of prostaglandin levels, alteration of somatosensory evoked potential and nerve conduction velocity, and hyperemia of treated tissues. The resultant clinical benefits include pain relief in conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis, ankle sprain, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction, shoulder and neck pain, arthritis, and post-herpetic neuralgia, as well as tissue repair in cases of diabetic ulcer, venous ulcer, mouth ulcer, fractures, tendon rupture, ligamentous, tear, torn cartilage, and nerve injury.”
LED in Treatment
Blue, red and near infrared are the most commonly used wavelengths in LED phototherapy. These specific wavelengths are well researched and scientifically proven to produce therapeutic benefits. Blue penetrates through the epidermis and is known to kill P.acnes bacteria. Red penetrates into the dermal layer and has been shown to enhance collagen and elastin production through photobiostimulation of fibroblasts. Near infrared penetrates deepest and increases micro-circulation (tissue repair), decreases inflammation and attenuates pain. When treating a client, select the wavelength or program most appropriate for the condition being treated.
You can choose from our 30minute LED lounge treatments or go for a more in-depth facial treatment that includes a light peel. LED can also be added to most facials as a boost.
The contraindications to LED are:
- Do not perform LED therapy on someone who is Pregnant or Nursing (unless the client has written consent from her doctor).
- Do not perform LED therapy on someone with a seizure disorder (unless you have consent from the client’s doctor).
- Do not perform LED therapy when the application of “heat” or increased warmth to the skin is a contraindication to that skin type.
- Do not perform LED therapy if client is “photo-sensitive” Some disorders and medications can cause photosensitivity (unless you have consent from the client’s doctor). Do not perform LED therapy over known metastasis.
- Do not perform LED therapy if client is on steroidal medications.
If you’re unsure which treatment is suited to you please get in touch at the clinic and we will guide you on which treatments suits your skin and skin concerns best.