Every day, we read about the newest, fastest ways to eradicate fine lines, cellulite, acne, and hyperpigmentaion. It can all become a little overwhelming – and let’s be honest - with all the “buzz” and need for instant gratification, do we really know what we’re getting into? One thing is certain: there is a growing demand for new non-surgical procedures that can be done with no downtime, no tissue damage, and no negative side effects. Light Emitting Diodes (LED) is one such treatment that is becoming more popular - and now it's available at Skin Spa. A huge benefit of LED is that a wide range of skin types can be treated very safely and effectively. Due to the low-intensity light source, there is no thermal damage to the skin, and no post inflammatory hyperpigmentaion is possible. After a clinical LED session, skin is more luminous, more even, and much more clear. As technology in non-ablative therapies continue to evolve and grow in popularity, LED facials have become the go-to, gentler approach for treating anything from acne to dry skin, to wrinkles, rosacea or just a quick “pick me up.” And it's incredibly effective.
HOW DOES LED WORK?
LED is very different from lasers and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). IPL relies on thermal (heat) injury to the skin’s collagen, water or blood vessels to create changes in the skin’s appearance. Not only is IPL contraindicated for many skin types, skin tones, and skin conditions - there is always associated risk of burning, scarring, and downtime with IPL.
LED employs NASA® developed light therapy technology, which is a non-invasive, low-level, non-thermal light energy that activates skin cells. The device employs wavelength at optimal power intensity that is medically proven and FDA cleared to be effective in addressing skin problems associated with aging, sun damage, and acne. The process by which light is emitted by the LED’s is similar to that of photosynthesis in plants. Simply put, LED light gets converted into energy, or more specifically, “ATP” (Adenosine Triphosphate). This is the form of energy that cells use to power the metabolic processes needed to repair or regenerate cell and tissue components and restore balance. Different wavelengths (colors) of the visible light spectrum act on different mechanisms within individual cells: red to promote collagen growth; and violet-blue to help kill acne-causing bacteria. The chosen colors are one of the most important points. Depth of penetration is dependant on the wavelengths (nm), which has a direct bearing on the results achieved.
At Skin Spa, we use the Celluma panel, and at this time, we are the exclusive provider of Celluma LED facials in Utah. It effectively treats acne, aging skin, and areas of the body where there is pain using specialized, clinical settings.
WHAT ABOUT ALL THOSE AT-HOME LED DEVICES, LIKE PULSADERM LED
The clinical settings with the Celluma treatment will always provide the fastest, most effective results. However, our clients who use LED devices at home experience exceptional results. Skin Spa is the exclusive Utah provider of Pulsaderm LED light therapy. Pulsaderm is FDA cleared and provides light waves designed to penetrate deep into the skin to earse the appearance of aging skin, fine lines, wrinkles, crow's feet, and hyperpigmentation (brown/age spots), as well as improve skin texture. It is also highly effective for treating acne. The energy delivered by LEDs enhances cellular metabolism, accelerates the repair and replenishment of damaged skin celles, and stimulates the production of structural proteins. Maintaining beautiful, healthy skin between Celluma LED facial treatments can easily be done in your own home with our Pulsaderm handheld system.
Although results are not as dramatic as those with aggressive ablative treatments, LED treatments are very effective when used correctly. It is vital that the correct treatment or wavelength is chosen for your skin type and condition. Using the wrong formulation is ineffective at best and, under some conditions when adding products to the mix, worsens the problem. Even the simplest cosmetic skin care products have an appreciable influence on the physiological skin processes. This is why for optimal results, I recommend a complete skin diagnosis and a treatment plan with a licensed aesthetician (me!!).
HOW DOES A LED FACIAL FEEL LIKE AND HOW MUCH IS AN LED FACIAL?
We begin with a customized aromatherapy facial using modalities that your skin needs that day. After the hands on portion of the facial, you relax under the LED panel for 30 minutes. Most clients feel very little during this part of the treatment. LED facials at Skin Spa are 90 minute treatments and cost $90
CAN LED BE ADDED ON TO OTHER SKIN SPA TREATMENTS?
Yes. LED would significantly increase results for clients who are currently having micro-needling (DermaPen), acne treatments, microdermabrasion, peels or enzymes. The add on cost to accompany any facial treatment is only $29.