New York Spa Treatments: LED Light Versus Laser for Youthful Skin
May 30th, 2012
Ancient cultures understood the healing effects of light. The Greeks, Romans, Indians, Aztecs, Chinese all recognized the sun’s therapeutic effects. The Egyptians split the sun’s rays into different colors not only to maintain a sense of well-being and beauty, but also to treat various medical conditions. Ayurvedic practitioners have for centuries, used light and color therapy to promote psychological and spiritual health for optimal physical benefits.
Light therapies are making waves as a holistic and non-invasive means of treatment in many fields. LED light therapy has been used and studied extensively by NASA to treat muscle and bone atrophy in astronauts, while the U.S. Navy has long used this therapy to treat crew members aboard deep sea submarines. It has been shown to be emotionally beneficial as well and has been used to treat SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and sleep disorders.
In the field of aesthetics and beauty, infrared light therapy has been an excellent innovation in rejuvenating and smoothing the signs of aging. And dermatologists have had great success in treating acne with blue light to destroy acne-causing bacteria on the skin’s surface. These two type of therapies for the skin can be done at your local day spa or doctors office for your convenience.
Lasers and LED are two of the more popular cosmetic light procedures. Lasers focus a beam of pulsating light on a specific area in short bursts. When used in such short bursts, they cause micro injuries to the skin, that the body has to heal, potentially resulting in fresher looking skin. Laser treatments are given under local or topical anesthesia with a recovery time of about 2 weeks. Lasers are invasive but the benefits can be quite dramatic as youthful and smooth skin can flourish overnight. The side effects however can be many so choose wisely and know your skin professional well.
LED based devices have a distinct advantage over laser treatments, as many different effective colors of light can be tightly packed together and overlap each other to deliver multiple colors or wavelengths simultaneously over a large area. Unlike laser, which is not recommended for darker skins, LED treatments are suitable for all skin types. These are painless treatments so no anesthesia is required. And they can be preformed by anyone without the slightest concern that some damaging effect will be caused to your skin.
Six to twelve spa treatments are recommended at least once a week to show results and once the series is done, continued maintenance as the skin is ever changing and aging of course. This is similar to going to the gym. Once you achieve your desired results you don’t stop.
LED light therapy is a non-invasive procedure done with panels of red and infrared lights that deliver low-level pulses of light up to activate ATP (adenosine triphosphate), within the skin cells. This promotes collagen and elastin production, in addition to improving one’s general blood circulation for overall health of skin.
The Ancients knew the benefits of light therapies and now with the evolution of new technologies, we can utilize this knowledge for beauty and healing in a modern world that takes a toll on the mind and body to put a red light on to stop – and even reverse the aging process.
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