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Red Light Therapy

Red light is light in the visible spectrum. Its longer wavelength allows for deeper penetration into tissue and cell organelles to improve skin, hair and tissue health. 

It is our "feel good" light of the sunlight spectrum, and has a unique ability to activate our cellular metabolism, modulate growth factors and stimulate healing.  

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​CONDITIONS WE TREAT

 

Acne

Wound healing

Anti-Aging

Hair loss

Telogen Effluvium

Well-Being

Actinic keratoses *with Photodynamic therapy

BENEFITS

Activation of hair stem cell via B-catenin

Prolongs the anagen or growing phase of the hair

Dilates blood vessels to increase blood flow.

Promotes wound healing

Release of nitrous oxide which promotes mitochondrial oxidative metabolism & production of growth factors. 

Anti-inflammatory

Stimulates production of collagen and elastin

Increases sense of well-being.

Blue Light Therapy

 

Blue light is best known for its antibacterial effects on the acne causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes. Because P. acnes is most sensitive to blue wavelengths, blue light therapy can kill the bacteria and help clear skin. Treatments are most effective when combined with prescription medications and extractions. Blue light treatments can be used alone or as an add-on to acne facials and with photodynamic therapy. 

 

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) 

 

Sun damage can result in precancers called actinic keratoses and skin cancers which can be treated with photodynamic therapy and ALA.

 

​Photodynamic therapy uses a photosensitizer called ALA (aminolevulinic acid) which is applied to the treated area and left on the skin to allow for absorption. Upon activation by light of an appropriate wavelength, it exerts a destructive effect on the abnormal cells causing them to die. This can result in clearance of actinic keratoses, and skin cancers such as superficial basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in situ. It has an added cosmetic benefit of improving skin roughness, fine lines, sun damage, and sallow complexion.

 

​Light sources used are usually red LED light, but blue LED and natural sunlight can also be used.  Red light with its longer wavelength of 633nm allows for deeper penetration and provides better treatment of thicker lesions and hence a more durable response. Blue light with its shorter wavelength (400-500nm) and penetrates less deeply. The advantage is that it can be a milder procedure and less painful.

 

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