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Maximizing Microneedling Benefits with LED Light Therapy: A Winning Combination

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2023-06-19

Last Updated On: 2024-01-08

Discover the power of combining LED light after microneedling for skin rejuvenation. Maximize the benefits and achieve a radiant complexion.

Doctor Medica team

The pursuit of healthy, natural-looking skin has led to the creation of multiple cosmetic products and appliances. While many of these are designed as standalone procedures, medical practitioners have discovered the remarkable benefits of combining certain treatments. One such powerful combination is the use of LED light right after microneedling. This innovative approach has garnered attention for its ability to deliver exceptional results. Today we will explain how these two treatments work independently and what they can do when combined. 

What Is Microneedling?

Microneedling is a minimally invasive collagen and elastin induction therapy that uses small, sterile needles to puncture the first layer of skin. It stimulates the skin to trigger an increased collagen production response from the body without causing significant harm or damage. 

Collagen and elastin are abundant throughout our body, from the skin to the bones. They are one of the primary proteins that play a vital role in maintaining our overall health and keeping us in one piece. 

The Effects of Microneedling 

Microneedling uses a biological process called hormesis: intentionally causing controlled skin injuries to stimulate a powerful self-repair process, resulting in firmer and rejuvenated skin. Something similar happens when we exercise. When we use red light therapy after microneedling, the healing process is much faster and stronger, but we’ll get to it soon. 

Microneedling on its own is more than capable of refreshing the skin and dealing with fine lines and wrinkles, acne, large pores, scars, stretch marks, hair loss, and sun damage. Another side effect of the skin being punctured is better absorption of topical skincare products, maximizing their effectiveness.

The procedure usually lasts between 10 and 20 minutes, and it takes between 4 and 6 treatments for the effects to start showing. While the procedure is mainly used on patients’ faces, it can be safely used on other areas like the neck, back, and legs. 

What Is LED Light Therapy?

LED light therapy is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment with a wide range of health benefits. The effects of this therapy vary based on the specific wavelength (color) of LED light used, allowing for customized treatments that effectively target various skin concerns.

We use red LED immediately after medical needling to reduce inflammation that has a detrimental impact on the microneedling treatment. Red LED also improves blood flow, and provides mitochondria cells with increased energy, which speeds up healing and boosts the creation of new cells. 

The Effects of LED Light Therapy

As we mentioned before, LED light therapy, also known as phototherapy, has different skin benefits depending on the light color used. There are seven types of LED light therapy: 

  1. Red light therapy – stimulates collagen production, improves blood circulation, and reduces inflammation.
  2. Blue light therapy – destroys bacteria that cause the creation of acne. 
  3. Green light therapy – reduces sun spots, under-eye bags, and hyperpigmentation.
  4. Yellow light therapy – stimulates the production of red blood cells and is used to deal with skin redness disorders.
  5. Purple light therapy – reduces acne-related scars and fights acne itself by increasing cell regeneration. 
  6. Cyan light therapy – purifies the skin, preventing acne and reducing skin inflammation. 
  7. White light therapy – a broad spectrum treatment, a sort of jack of all trades. It has all the benefits of other LED treatments but doesn’t particularly excel in any of them. 

Microneedling and red light therapy go hand in hand. They work synergistically to enhance the overall benefits of skin rejuvenation and address various skin concerns.

The Benefits of Combining Microneedling with Light Therapy

There are multiple treatments out there that are used to treat the same thing but, when combined, produce unwanted effects. For example, you should never use products containing retinol and hydroxy acids together. Both are excellent products when used separately, but when combined, they cause more harm than good. Both products are used to expedite the production of skin cells, but when used together, they can cause painful skin burns. This doesn’t happen with microneedling and LED light therapy. 

Microneedling creates micro-injuries in the skin, stimulating collagen production and promoting skin renewal. When combined with red light therapy, which uses specific wavelengths of light, it further boosts collagen synthesis, reduces inflammation, and accelerates healing.

Together, they can improve skin texture, minimize the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and fine lines, and enhance overall skin tone. This powerful combination provides a comprehensive approach to rejuvenating the skin, promoting a more youthful and radiant complexion.

It’s important to note that achieving the best results from this combination depends on using professional tools and techniques. While self-use devices like LED derma rollers may offer some benefits, they are limited in their effectiveness compared to professional devices. These home devices are better suited as supplementary tools for maintaining skin health as part of a daily skincare routine. 

Professional tools are specifically engineered to maximize the benefits of microneedling and LED therapy. By reaching the right depths, professional tools promote enhanced collagen production and deliver longer-lasting rejuvenation effects. Investing in professional-grade equipment ensures a more comprehensive and effective treatment experience.

Conclusion

Using red light after microneedling proves to be a winning combination for maximizing the benefits of both treatments. Microneedling stimulates the skin’s natural healing response, promoting collagen production and addressing various skin concerns. When paired with LED light therapy, the effects are further amplified.

However, it’s essential to emphasize that professional tools and techniques yield the best outcomes in this combination. While at-home devices may have some benefits, professional-grade equipment ensures deeper penetration and longer-lasting rejuvenation effects, like those of products such as Radiesse.

By understanding the power of this winning combination, medical practitioners can provide their patients with an effective and comprehensive treatment approach. Embrace the potential of microneedling and LED light therapy to unlock radiant, healthier-looking skin for your patients.

FAQ

Can you use LED light after microneedling?

You can use any LED light treatment, even if the face is inflamed or sore, after microneedling treatment without any problems. 

What can I not use after microneedling?

For the first two days after the treatment, avoid cosmetic products used for exfoliating skin, vitamin C serum, and products containing retinol, alpha hydroxy, and glycolic acids.

Can you use red LED light after microneedling?

If you are looking to maximize your gains after microneedling therapy, use red LED light therapy immediately after treatment. 

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