About LED Light Treatments
Have you tried LED light treatments at Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology for your facial skin? There are many ways to tighten your skin and improve its tone and texture, such as non-ablative laser treatments, intense pulsed light (IPL), micro-focused ultrasound, radiofrequency energy, or microneedling. All of these mentioned techniques work below the skin's surface on the dermal level, usually without injuring the outer layers of the skin. Most of these treatments rely on some degree of heat damage to the deeper skin layers for their rejuvenating effects. For instance, Ulthera uses ultrasound energy to heat collagen deep in the dermis, causing the strands to contract and tighten the skin's surface. It causes some pain, but recovery time is less than a day.
Our aesthetics team offers a technique called light-emitting diode (LED) photo modulation that doesn't heat or damage deep skin layers. LED light treatments involve the use of a lower level of light to treat sun-damaged skin. It has less dramatic outcomes compared to many other rejuvenation approaches, but it's comfortable and requires no recovery time. We can assess your skin at our San Francisco, CA office to see how you may benefit from LED light treatments.
"I visited Dr. Austin for a skin consultation after receiving a recommendation from one of my friends who sees Dr. Austin for Botox (Xeomin) injections and to review & remove any suspicious moles/freckles and review skin damage on my neck. Her office staff are very friendly & helpful. After washing my face (they provide makeup pad removers, facial wash & a hair band), photos were taken including one with a camera to determine sun damage. Dr. Austin has a very positive, glowing energy about her & was very easy to speak with about my skin concerns. After a full review of my skin & my skincare regimen, I got 20 units of Xeomin in my forehead & removal of a mole that was progressively getting larger on my upper lip. Thankfully the lab report indicated that it was benign. I visited again about 10 days later for additional freckle removal & treatment for sun damage on my neck, as well as a check in for my Botox injections to see how it settled in. The Botox looked great & my skin was smooth. I’ve healed up from my 2nd visit & my skin looks great.Her strongest recommendations is to always wear sunblock (I wear 2-3 layers on my face but I forgot to apply on weekdays to my neck when I was living in Hawaii which resulted in 15 years of sun damage while driving )."- P.M. / Yelp / Oct 15, 2020
"I highly recommend Dr. Steven He. I have had melasma and Nevi of Ota from on my cheeks and temples for the past 15 years. I’ve tried treatments from other dermatologists, including hydroxychloroquine cream, with no improvement. I’ve also met with other laser treatment centers, who presented cookie cutter treatments. However, I’ve seen friends and family get rebound hyperpigmentation on their face from aggressive dose of laser therapy. For Asian skin, sometimes the dose of laser and strength of chemical peels have to be adjusted due to skin sensitivity. As an Asian female physician, I was cautious about who to trust. I chose Dr. He because I heard he has lots of experience with Asian American patients. I started seeing him a few months ago, and I am extremely confident in his skills. He is thoughtful about his approach and tailors his treatment plan to the individual patient. I have had 5 treatments, starting with chemical peels to remove superficial melasma, and now transitioned to laser treatments for the darker spots. The spots have significantly lightened. I recently saw my family, who had been hounding me for years about my spots, and they could not even notice the spots! I am extremely satisfied with Dr. He’s care. He is a knowledgeable, conscientious, effective physician."- W.T. / Yelp / Sep 16, 2020
"This place is the élite Dermatology spot in the Bay Area. Dr. Welsh and her team are simply incredible in their professions. The place is talented, clean, proficient and all with a personal touch you will not soon forget. For many years now I have simply gone in and sat down and let them do what they know best. Keep up the great work!"- K.R. / Google / Sep 01, 2020
"As an Asian, I know that I have the genetic advantage of looking young for my age. That can be negated by baking in the sun. I decided to stay out of the sun since my late 20s when I finally stopped going to the tanning salon (!!!). I decided rather late in life to finally take care of my skin.I *almost* didn’t want to write this review about Dr. He, fearful that he will get so busy I’ll have to book appointments with him at least a month in advance! Yes, I know that’s selfish of me but I am a little bit proprietary when it comes to good doctors - if I find a doctor who not only has an amazing and compassionate manner AND super knowledgeable in his/her field, I’m a patient for life. I originally went to Dr. He for filler. When I first met him, I couldn’t stop staring at his skin. I wanted my skin to look like his! He told me what he could do for me and not only did he end up educating me about different fillers but suggested different treatments I could get.Because Dr. He is such a good educator about skin, I have gotten various treatments for my rosacea and other issues and have been very happy with everything he suggested."- N.T. / Yelp / Oct 15, 2020
"As an esthetician I deeply appreciate the impecccable 5 star job this office does. Dr Austin has a reputation for being extremely careful and honest with her patients and each botox procedure I have had with her has been flawless. I also have to shout out nurse mary who is a rare gem in this industry. She makes any procedure comfortable-- even microneedling. She is so deeply personable and makes every patient feel special. The supporting staff is always so patient and caring as well... and Monica the esthetician who supports dr Austin is another absolute gem and has a fabulous bed side manner-- this office is unique in its precision with treatments and lovely people to make sure you’re always at ease."- T.Z. / Yelp / Aug 24, 2020
LED photo modulation appears to work best on skin with mild to moderate sun damage, large pores, wrinkles, and poor skin texture and quality. Ideal candidates may also combine these light treatments with other rejuvenation techniques for even better results. It is also safe for all skin types.
What to Expect
Before your treatment, your face will be cleaned and makeup will be removed. Then, you will sit in front of LED panels with your eyes shielded while a bright light flashes onto your face for about 20 minutes. You should have no discomfort, redness, or a sensation of heat in the skin afterward. You can return to normal activities right away. Typically, you start with a series of treatments twice a week for 4 – 6 weeks. To maintain results, you may need 3 – 4 follow-up sessions per year. LED light treatments may also improve acne and reduce facial redness from rosacea or sun damage.
In two clinical trials involving a total of 183 patients, LED photo modulation has produced improvements in skin texture, skin discoloration, redness, and fine lines around the eyes in most patients. A study in the journal Lasers in Surgery and Medicine followed 90 patients with mild to moderate photoaging for a year after two months of twice-weekly treatments. Results were evaluated with digital photographs, skin surface measurements, and skin biopsies.
The researchers reported some improvement in 90% of the participants. Results were best in the fourth month after the treatment. By month 12, there was some decline, although the skin's condition was still better than before treatment. All biopsies showed improved collagen production.
Plan Your Procedure
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Rejuvenate Your Skin
If you are interested in these treatments, call Bay Area Cosmetic Dermatology for more information. With our consultation and facial skin assessment, we will be able to recommend the right facial rejuvenation treatment for your skin. Your comfort is one of our top priorities. Schedule with our team by phone or fill out an online request form.