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How Do I Get the Best Results from LED Light Therapy?

LED light therapy is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after treatments in the United States, and for many good reasons: this innovative, non-surgical treatment provides a wide variety of benefits, from reducing the appearance of fine lines to improving healing and reducing pain.

If you are already undergoing this state-of-the-art approach to healing and wellness, you might wonder, “How do I get the best results from LED light therapy?”

How Do I Get the Best Results from LED Light Therapy?

Here are a few ways to get the most out of your LED light therapy treatments:

Learn About Led Light Therapy

Understanding how your treatment works can help you optimize your results. LED light therapy uses a specific wavelength and concentration of light to promote a change in the body. In the hands of a professional, LED light therapy devices can have tremendous therapeutic value without dangerous drugs or invasive surgery.

LED light therapy devices operate on the same underlying principles, however, the extent of benefits from this treatment can vary individually. There are several factors that can influence the effectiveness of LED light therapy for you. By managing these factors, you can optimize the outcome of this procedure.

This procedure also provides therapeutic benefits through a process known as photobiomodulation, in which specific wavelengths of light trigger certain physiological processes. Photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT) stimulates the mitochondria, known as the powerhouse of cells, to extract energy from food.

The various wavelengths of light produce different colors that you can see — they also have other wellness benefits that you can feel. Scientists describe these wavelengths in nanometers (nm). Red and near-infrared wavelengths (635nm – 940nm) relieve pain, reduce swelling, decrease harmful oxidative stress, and boost collagen production to speed healing and prevent scarring. Blue light therapy can treat acne and sun damage, prevent skin cancer, and remove cancerous lesions. Green light therapy provides a calming feeling and may even lessen the intensity of migraine headaches.

Use A High-Quality, FDA-Cleared Device

When it comes to LED light therapy devices, it's important to note that not all are the same. In-office LED light therapy devices are often more powerful, making them more effective in treating various skin conditions. To ensure the safety and efficacy of the device, it's recommended to opt for one that has been cleared by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). This clearance indicates that the device has undergone a thorough review process by the government agency and has been deemed safe and effective for use.

Consult A Wellness Professional For A Customized Treatment Plan

Wellness and treatment are highly individualized — what helps someone else may not be therapeutic for you. An LED light treatment plan is not a one-size-fits-all approach to health; some people require long-term treatment, while others may benefit from a short course of light therapy. A wellness professional can help you determine if LED light therapy is right for you and help you create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs.

Be Consistent

Consistency is key  for a successful outcome. Achieve the best result by adhering to your treatment plan. To be consistent:

  • Undergo LED light therapy as often as recommended — if your therapist recommends three treatments a week for two months, for example, try to make every appointment
  • Complete your treatment plan
  • Do not skip or double up on treatments — never exceed 15 minutes in a light bed at any one time, for example
  • Make treatment a priority — avoid making other appointments around your treatment time so that you can focus on your LED therapy, for example, and don’t cancel appointments for events that are not a priority
  • Communicate with your therapist — let them know if you have any questions or concerns about your treatment
Prep your skin accordingly for the best light absorption

Preparing your skin before your treatment is one of the best ways to get the most out of your LED light therapy. Certain products can affect how LED light penetrates your skin and change how the light works inside your body cells. Sunscreen blocks harmful ultraviolet A (UVA) or ultraviolet B (UVB) light, but it can also stop the red and near-infrared light used in LED light therapy; some types of makeup can block the beneficial light wavelengths.

Prepare your skin for LED light therapy by:

  • Performing your skincare routine as usual between treatments
  • Avoiding sun exposure and exfoliants
  • Removing all sunscreen and makeup with a gentle cleanser before your treatment
  • Apply anti-aging cream or serum immediately after your LED light treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines around your eyes.

If you are undergoing LED light therapy or considering starting treatment, you’ll want to get the best results possible. For more information on optimizing the benefits of LED light therapy, don’t hesitate to contact us.


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