Abby Borbon-Roaquin, a manager and clinician at Ulan Medical Spa in San Diego, California, has been a registered nurse for over 14 years, and is experienced in providing many types of medical aesthetic procedures such as anti-aging light therapy.
What does anti-aging light therapy do?
Anti-Aging Light Emitting Diodes (LED) therapy is a skin rejuvenation device. It works with visible red LEDs and invisible infrared LEDs with the bodys natural processes to counteract the effects of aging. This treatment can be used for men and women of all ages and skin types. So it means that selecting appropriate candidates is important.
Why we need it?
Our cells cannot manufacture the skins supportive structures faster than before, as we grow older. And we have to suffer environment damage from the suns rays. It will speed this process and damage our skin and cells that produce elastin and collagen. Light therapy can stimulate these cells to help counteract the effects of aging on the skin by being delivered at specific times.
What the theory of anti-aging light therapy?
The red light of anti-aging light therapy promotes the production of collagen that gives our skin its firmness and elasticity. The production of collagen is normally stimulated by inflicting a controlled injury on the skin. For instance, laser resurfacing, chemical peels and some non-invasive tightening produces work by inducing a controlled injury. This injury will promote collagen production by stimulating a healing process. But the red light doesnt injure your skin and support your bodys collagen production. We at Ulan Medical Spa are really excited about this new technology.
What should I do during treatment and how many treatments should I take?
Before the treatment starts, you should cleanse your face to remove any makeup or sunblock. In order to let the light absorb better, we will put an exfoliating solution on your face before the treatment. Then we will give you with safety eyewear and position the light about 1 or 2 inches away from your face. Each light therapy will last about 20 minutes. You will feel relaxed all the time. And you can return to your normal routine without any pain, redness or irritation. Usually, patients need 8 to 12 treatments and they will take over 4 to 6 weeks. So the treatments have to be at least one day apart. You can have a consultation with your skincare professional to adjust the number of treatments if appropriate.
What results can I expect from the treatment and how long will the effects last?
You will see a brighter, clearer and smoother complexion at first. After several treatments, you will notice an improvement in skin tone clarity, and texture, with your pore sizes reduced. Most patients can see a marked difference in 2 or 3 weeks after finishing the last treatments. Over 80% of subjects in studies report a softening of fine lines and wrinkles, and 75% report improvement in skin smoothness and softness.
After finishing your treatments, you will still continue to see improvement for 8 to 12 weeks. Because we continue to age every day, you may choose to go on a maintenance item to continue the treatments. Maintenance treatments are customized based on an individuals needs.
What other treatments can be combined with anti-aging light therapy at Ulan Medical Spa?
At Ulan Medical Spa, we provide some other treatments that can be combined with anti-aging light therapy. It is appropriate to combine anti-aging light therapy with anti-acne light therapy for some patients. For this, we alternate blue light, which destroys acne bacteria, with the red light, which can reduce inflammation.
We often precede the anti-aging light therapy treatment with the HydraFacial. Its a skin resurfacing treatment that deep cleanses, extracts, exfoliates, and hydrates while bathing your skin with skin-specific serums for acne-prone, anti-aging, dry or oily skin. And the combining of anti-aging light therapy treatment and chemical peels is also often used at Ulan Medical Spa.
Anti-aging light therapy works well when combined with the ReFirme treatment, which tightens and tones your skin. ReFirme combined with light therapy yields better results in terms of firming, toning and rejuvenating.