Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Are LEDs powerful enough to improve my skin?
- What kind of LED is best for my skin?
Pre-procedure prep for LED skin treatment: Avoid tanning before using an LED device to better the outcome of your treatment.
On the day of treatment: Cleanse your skin thoroughly. Depending on the LED method, you may need to apply a topical drug to your skin before sitting in front of the light panels.
What To Expect
You'll first be instructed to wear a pair of protective goggles to shield your eyes from the LED energy. Next, you'll be seated in front of one or several panels made up of small light bulbs. This is the LED device, and the bulbs may flash in regular intervals or shine uninterrupted, depending on which treatment your dermatologist determines is better suited for your skin.
Immediately after treatment, your skin may be slightly flushed.
Who should do it: Seek out a board certified dermatologist if you're interested in professional LED therapy. LEDs can be purchased for personal at-home use. These devices are significantly less powerful and effective than LEDs used by dermatologists.
Duration: The duration of your treatment will vary based on the type of LED you use and the cosmetic issue you want to fix. Expect to sit under the beaming bulbs for five to 40 minutes.
How Painful Is It?
LEDs are painless. The light bulbs may warm the skin, but they should not be uncomfortable.
Options for anesthesia: Anesthesia is not used for LED therapy.