LED Facials: Recommended Post-Cosmetic Surgery and Alternative Therapy

September 24th, 2014

Cosmetic surgeons have begun to recommend light emitting diodes (LED) to regulate dermal function and bring relief from the side effects of surgical procedures.  One plastic surgeon in particular, Dr. David Shuter of Florida, created an LED mask device for at home use, not without controversy.  Since NASA’s initial application for treating astronauts’ atrophied skin, doctors and aestheticians at prominent day spas have used this method of restorative light as an alternative therapy.

Now it is not uncommon for aesthetics professionals, including dermatologists, to advise their clients to try LED for the anti-aging and acne-combatting benefits.  Dr. Z. Paul Lorenc, a plastic surgeon in New York, suggested the treatment for a client “seeking to reduce her hyper-pigmentation and wrinkles from sun damage and aging,” according to the New York Times.  The client’s review: “the biggest immediate difference was that the tone of my skin got so much better.”


Aside from the medical recommendations following surgical procedures many opt to use the holistic therapy of LED as a preventative skincare or alternative to invasive aesthetic procedures.  Its use as high profile face care for the A-list crowd has now made it popular among working professionals as part of an advanced skin wellness regime.

How does LED restore youthful skin?

LED has been scientifically proven to restore youthful skin by giving a natural lift to the visage.   According to Joanna Vargas, celebrity facialist of her namesake NYC day spa, there are many benefits you can experience with LED light therapy facials. Among them: “increased collagen and elastin production, these two proteins support the protein structure for the skin that gives it elasticity and firmness.”  The treatment is known to diminish sunspots due to UV solar exposure.  Infrared light has the ability to fill in fine lines and wrinkles to as it tones and lifts for an improved complexion overall.

Is LED safe for my skin type?

LED is gentle and safe for all skin types and can be custom tailored to meet the client’s specific needs.  There are no side effects or recovery time following a facial.  Vargas points out that it is important to consider that results are cumulative and may vary depending on the individual. Some factors to consider can include skin color and tone, diet, age and lifestyle.

Whether chosen as post surgery care or as part of revitalizing and reparative skincare routine, the innumerable advantages of LED have been recognized and experienced by many in the know.


Deanna Lane has a BFA from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC.  Otherwise-trekking the national museum scene…