Red & Blue Light
LED or Light Emitting Diode treatment enables therapeutic wavelengths (or colours) of energy to be applied to the skin. LED has no contraindications and is suitable for all skin types. This treatment can be used alone or combined with numerous acne treatments. It is safe, effective and works by reducing the bacteria that are responsible for acne. Specialists usually combine vitamin A cream with this treatment for superior results.
Bacteria in acne-sensitive skin can release a chemical called porphyrin
Porphyrins can be targeted by both blue and red light
High intensity light, such as that of the Light Emmiting Diode, activates specific porphyrins that destroy P. acnes bacteria
Acne light-based procedures are safe and painless
Specialists often combine this procedure with prescription medications for even better results
How Does LED Treatment Work For Acne?
Red and blue acne light phototherapy is medically prescribed. It distributes non–laser light by way of light diodes. This energy is tuned to stimulate chemicals known as porphyrins, produced by acne bacteria. Activation of porphyrins can destroy the bacteria that produce them. Red light also increases the production of collagen which reduces scars and helps repair the skin after acne flare-ups.
How Effective is LED Treatment & How Many Sessions Are Needed?
Acne may present in many forms including blackheads, whiteheads, papules, pustules and cysts. Acne LED treatment is only suited for papular and pustular forms of acne. This type of acne is due to an overgrowth of bacteria which are sensitive to both red and blue LED light. 75% of acne lesions can resolve over a 8 week period with acne light treatment; however, combined with prescription medications, improvements of over 85% are often seen. We advise 8-10 treatments for the best results. Each treatment take less than 15 minutes to perform. Time between treatments is 7-10 days.
How Is This Treatment Performed?
Your skin will be cleansed to remove make up and sunblock prior to treatment commencement. This ensures that any light emitted will penetrate into the middle layers of your skin where acne-causing bacteria are most active. Eye protection is provided and treatment begins. Each session takes less than 15 minutes to perform and is completely painless. Patients can bring their own music and headphones to help pass the time. You will be able to continue in your daily activities immediately after treatment with no restrictions. Sessions should be repeated at weekly intervals for best results. We advise a series of 8 to 10 treatments.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Treatments tailored for acne with LED are safe, painless and effective. Treatments are non-laser based and do not generate heat.
The single safety requirement is that patients must wear protective eye wear for the duration of treatment.
Can This Treatment Be Combined With Other Acne Treatments?
Most definitely. In fact, acne LED treatments are generally combined with treatments such as medically-prescribed creams such as topical vitamin A or chemical peels for optimal results. LED treatments destroy the bacteria associated with acne; topical vitamin A and chemical peels can help reduce the effects of acne. Specialists may also combine AHA chemical peels with red LED treatment as part of our scar revision program. The addition of red LED treatment encourages collagen production which repairs underlying scars.
Does LED Acne Treatment Reduce The Appearance Of Acne Scars?
Acne scars are due to disruption of the middle layer of the skin where collagen fibres are interlinked into networks. Red LED wavelengths penetrate into this layer and stimulate collagen production. They also assist in the remodeling of early acne scars. Older scars are not affected by LED treatments and are usually better suited to treatment with stronger energy devices (laser or radiofrequency).
How Do I Book This Treatment?
Prior to the commencement of acne LED treatments, all patients must be assessed by a registered nurse. This will ensure you are treated appropriately. You may be referred to a specialist dermatologist if acne LED treatments is not considered the most effective treatment for your specific acne type. The registered nurse may also ask you to change your current skincare routine. If a consultation with a dermatologist is required, they may suggest you combine LED treatments with a vitamin A prescription for the best results. During your consultation, multiple photographs will be taken to ensure your steady progress as treatment progresses.
If a dermatologist consultation is required, a referral from your general practitioner may mean you are eligible for a Medicare rebate.
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A Specialist Perspective on LED Acne Treatment
The results of LED sources for the treatment of acne have been proven by many scientific studies over the years. This therapy avoids prescription medications such as antibiotics, instead distributing concentrated non-laser light which plays the role of antibacterial agent. Our dermatologists carefully select those patients that will respond best to this type of treatment. Other benefits are the speed of treatment, its efficacy and the absence of downtime.
Suitable candidates are those with rich colonies of P. acnes bacteria. Dermatologists often combine LED treatment with topical vitamin A creams to reduce the recurrence of acne. We recommend that every patient attends a consultation prior to commencing acne light treatments for the best possible outcome.
How Much Does LED Acne Treatment Cost?
The procedure is well tolerated; we ensure you remain comfortable both during and after the procedure. We always use a topical anaesthetic cream, administered to the to-be-treated area at least 60 minutes prior to the procedure. Some patients may require a nerve block using local anaesthetic. We provide additional pain relief for severe scar revision.
As a guide, most patients rate laser revision of scars as 2/10 on the pain scale, which translates as minor and well tolerated discomfort. After the procedure, the pain may mimic that of sunburn.
Does Medicare Cover LED Acne Treatment?
Medicare does not cover acne LED treatments; however, your consultation with a specialist dermatologist is partially covered. Some procedures for acne scaring are also partially covered by Medicare for eligible patients.